Constitutional Amendment for Caribbean Court of Justice on Agenda for Next Meeting of Parliament
During the Fifth Meeting of the Fourth Session of the Eighth Parliament, under the Commonwealth of Dominica Constitution, Honourable Ian Douglas, Minister for Tourism and Legal Affairs will introduce a bill, seeking to amend the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Dominica to facilitate the establishment of the Caribbean Court of Justice – CCJ, as the final Court of Appeal in Dominica and to provide for related matters.
The session is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 10:00am, at the House of Assembly on Victoria Street in Roseau.
In January of 2014, Prime Minister, Honourable Roosevelt Skerrit, announced that Dominica had received no objection from the Government of the United Kingdom, to move away from the Privy Council and recognize the CCJ as the final appellate court.
The first reading of the bill will take place at this meeting of the house; however, a ninety day period must elapse before the second and third readings of the bill.
Other items on the order paper include a motion by the Finance Minister seeking approval for Supplementary Estimates of Expenditure for the financial year ending June 30, 2014.
The expenditure is for the period July 1 to December 31, 2014 for the amount of six million, seven hundred and fifty -seven thousand, six hundred and twenty-four dollars and forty-three cents (EC $6,757,624.43).
Prime Minister Skerrit will present to the house the Audit Report on the audit of the Public Accounts for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2011 while Honourable Dr. Collin McIntyre, Minister for Employment, Trade, Industry and Diaspora Affairs will present the Invest Dominica Authority Financial Statements for the year ended June 30, 2013.
The Minister for Tourism and Legal Affairs will present the Fifth Report of the Integrity in Public Office Commission for the year ended August 31, 2013 as well as introduce a bill for an Act to amend the Police Act, Chap. 14:01 and a bill for an Act to amend the Police Pensions Act, Chap. 23:81.