Dominica Ready for CCJ Says Legal Affairs Minister
Prime Minister, Honourable Roosevelt Skerrit announced in January that Dominica had received no objection from the Government of the United Kingdom, to move away from the British Privy Council and recognize the CCJ as its final appellate court.
Minister Douglas’ statement comes as the main Opposition United Workers Party, openly voiced its non-support for the CCJ.
Dr. Thompson Fontaine, a UWP election candidate stated recently, “As a party we don’t believe that Dominica is ready for this move. We don’t believe it should have been done. There are still a lot of questions about the judiciary and the ability of our own people to preside over themselves.”
However, Mr. Douglas is confident in the ability of Caribbean Jurist to deliver sound judgments stating, “These are men of distinction, who have distinguished themselves not only in the legal profession, but have distinguished themselves intellectually, not only in the Caribbean but around the world”.
The Legal Affairs Minister has further described the UWP’s position as politically incompetent and said the Opposition was unprepared to move Dominica forward.
He added that Dominica’s move to have the CCJ as its final appellate court is one of maturity, forward thinking and is realistic.
While the CCJ is recognized in its original jurisdiction which interprets and applies the Revised Treaty of Chagauramus, in all CARICOM countries, only Guyana, Belize and Barbados