Government Drives to Sensitize Public on Caribbean Court of Justice
The Government has embarked on an education process, acting on the announcement made by Prime Minister Honourable Roosevelt Skerrit, that Dominica has begun the process to withdraw from the British system of the Privy Council, and establish the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as its final court of appeal.
Minister of Tourism and Legal Affairs, Honourable Ian Douglas, says once this has been approved, the Privy Council will no longer be Dominica’s final court of appeal.
Thus far, they have visited communities including Cottage, and Castle Bruce and will continue with a number of town hall meetings Island-wide, in the next four to six.
Mr. Douglas noted this education process is very important, so Dominicans understand the operations of the CCJ, how they can access it, and how it will affect them.
From the two meetings that have already been held, persons in attendance were very responsive and generated a lot of interest in the discussion, he said.
He is reassuring the public that the Court is very isolated, to the point where not even the Government can interfere, as far as it relates to monies generated.
The minister noted a financial account totalling $100 million dollar, has been created with the Central Bank to generate interest, which will fund the operations of the Court.
Mr. Douglas noted most of the countries that utilized the Privy Council as their final court of appeal, have already established their final Courts.
The next consultation will be held in Grandbay on August 19th at the Grandbay Community Centre from 7:00pm.
On August 21st the consultation will be at the Portsmouth Credit Union Hall, August 26th at the Laplaine Agricultural Centre; August 28th at the Soufriere Community Centre, September 2nd at the Public Service Training Centre in Roseau, and on September 9th at the St. Joseph Community Hall.
Meetings begin at 7:00pm and all interested persons are asked to attend in large numbers with their questions and concerns.