Caribbean Court of Justice Priority for Incoming Chairman of the OECS

Commonwealth of Dominica Prime Minister Honourable Roosevelt Skerrit

Commonwealth of Dominica Prime Minister Honourable Roosevelt Skerrit

Incoming Chairman of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), Prime Minister, Honourable Roosevelt Skerrit is eager to have all member states complying to the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as their final appellate court, during his tenure as Chairman of the OECS.

Prime Minister Skerrit, who will assume chairmanship of the nine-member regional sub-grouping for a 12-month period at the next OECS Heads of Government meeting, has stated that that the CCJ is important for regional development.

“As you know Dominica has started the process and we are hoping to complete the process in the next few weeks. St. Lucia has signalled by its Parliamentary statements its intention to do that and also Grenada, I believe, we’ll be going to referendum very soon. So I am hoping during my tenure as the Chairman of OECS we will see all of us in the OECS acceding to the Caribbean Court of Justice because we believe it is an important piece of our Caribbean architecture that is missing and we need to formalize this as an entire Caribbean region,” he stated.

The Prime Minister indicated however that there is much more work that can be done by the OECS like advancing the economy.

“…it is sad that we ourselves in the OECS have failed to appreciate the extraordinary work that we have done to the benefit of all our citizens working together… We have done fantastic in terms of our achievements and I believe it is time that we celebrate those achievements while we make further demands on the leadership of the region,” the Prime Minister said.

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