The Opposition People’s National Party (PNP) is blasting the government for its plans to use a referendum to decide if the Caribbean Court of Justice, CCJ, should replace the UK-based Privy Council as Jamaica’s final appellate court.
The Opposition is describing the Andrew Holness-administration as ‘disingenuous’.
Late last week, Chief Justice, Bryan Sykes, said he was speaking on behalf of all the judges in Jamaica, in pledging their unreserved support for the CCJ.
Bryan Sykes was speaking at a special sitting of the CCJ in St. Vincent and the Grenadines last Friday.
Recently, the Justice Minister, Delroy Chuck, said the government would not sign on to the CCJ unless it becomes more difficult for CARICOM States to leave the court. But, Opposition Spokesperson on Justice, Donna Scott Mottley, says it’s already difficult for Members of CARICOM to leave the court.
Minister Chuck was responding to former Prime Minister of Barbados, Fruendel Stuart’s threat to withdraw from the CCJ.
Attorney General Marlene Malahoo Forte, has told Nationwide News, that the government is still committed to conducting a referendum on the matter, as it had promised before being elected. But she says it’s not a priority at this time.
Mrs. Scott Mottley says people’s access to their final appellate court, must be a priority.
Senator Scott Mottley says the government should consider Chief Justice Sykes’ opinion on the CCJ.