Grandbay Residents Sensitized on the Caribbean Court of Justice

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Ian Douglas, Minister for Tourism

Dominica is on a mission to inform its citizens on the practices and functions of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) and how it can be beneficial.

A Town Hall meeting was held in Grandbay on August 19th, with a panel of three, to create awareness for the people of Grandbay on what the CCJ is about.

Ian Douglas, Minister for Tourism, was the first panelist to affirm that Dominica is capable of managing its own affairs.

Mr. Douglas said the issue of going back to the Privy Council for a final decision in terms of illegal matters must be corrected.

Among the various arguments put forward in support of Dominica and other jurisdictions in the Caribbean, joining the CCJ is the issue of sovereignty.

Mr. Peter said, Dominica decided to include itself to the other three islands, which have already joined the CCJ, as well as other jurisdiction within the region, including St. Lucia.

Meanwhile Ms. Noreen John, a Representative for the Dominica Bar Association, said the CCJ may sound a bit foreign, but it is more beneficial in several areas.

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Levi Peter, Attorney General

The Caribbean Court of Justice was established in 2001, to replace the London-based Privy Council and also serves as an international tribunal, interpreting the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas that governs CARICOM.

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