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Contact: Rose Marie Harris

Wednesday, January 22, 2003 - A team of officials from the CARICOM Secretariat met with Prime Minister Dr. Kenney Anthony Monday to brief him on current work being done on the establishment of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ). Among the matters discussed were the status of financing and steps taken towards ratification of the CCJ by member states of CARICOM.

The team included CARICOM secretary-general Edwin Carrington, general counsel Duke Pollard and coordinator of the CCJ project Sheldon Mc. Donald. Also in attendance at Monday’s meeting was the Hon. Petrus Compton, Attorney General and Minister of Justice.

The meeting was held ahead of the fourteenth intercessional meeting of the conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) which is scheduled to take place in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago February 14th -15th 2003. Within CARICOM, Dr. Anthony leads on issues of justice, governance and security.

The governments of St. Lucia, Barbados and Belize have already passed legislation towards the minimum requirements for the establishment of the CCJ. When established the CCJ will be the highest court of appeal in the Caribbean to consider and determine appeals in both civil and criminal matters from common law courts with the jurisdictions of the Member states of CARICOM. It will also be an essential part of the implementation of the Caribbean Single Market and Economy (CSME).

The Caribbean Court of Justice will have its headquarters in Trinidad and Tobago but will move from country for hearing and appeals as the occasion demands.

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