Prime Minister, Portia Simpson Miller, has congratulated Dominican Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, on his country’s move to sever ties with the London-based Privy Council.
Dominica says it intends to cut ties with the Privy Council this week.
The country’s Parliament yesterday approved legislation, allowing it to adopt the Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice, CCJ, as its final court.
Mr. Skerrit says his country will move swiftly in adopting the CCJ, established in 2001 by regional governments.
The Jamaica Information Service says Prime Minister Simpson Miller commended the government and people of Dominica.
Mrs. Simpson Miller says the constitutional amendment was a ‘vote of confidence’ in the regional institution and the high quality of its jurisprudence.
She says, in moving to sign on to the appellate jurisdiction of the CCJ, Dominica has set an example for several other member states – including Jamaica – which haven’t yet adopted the CCJ as their final Court of Appeal.
Dominica is now set to become the fourth CARICOM country to sign on to the CCJ in its appellate jurisdiction, joining Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados and Guyana.
The CCJ – which has both an original and appellate jurisdiction – also acts as an international tribunal, interpreting the revised Treaty of Chaguaramas that governs the regional integration movement, CARICOM.