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Wednesday, March 16, 2005 - Prime Minister, Hon. Dr. Kenny D. Anthony has challenged the local justice system to work towards regaining the trust of the citizenry, particularly in light of the imminent establishment of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ).

While raising several strong arguments pointing to why the CARICOM Community should relinquish ties with the British Privy Council, Dr. Anthony also noted that the local justice system could do much to rebuild and repair public confidence in the process.

“Where for example, some citizens have come to distrust local justice, we must seek ways to improve their circumstances by improving access to adequate representation, by improving accountability and transparency in the justice system. We must seek to demystify the systems of justice administration so that citizens feel empowered and not disenfranchised,” The Prime Minister said.

Dr. Anthony, who was at the time addressing the recently-held Annual Awards Ceremony of the CLICO Group of Companies, said the Privy Council had remained distant and inaccessible to the vast majority of ordinary citizens of the region, and that the Council also bore both a philosophical and contextual disconnect with the region.

Says he: “It is therefore time to establish a more popular, more accessible and relevant process. In this context we may as well contemplate the consequences of failure of PJ Patterson, when he posited that the next generations will never forgive us. They will look at a united Europe, a cooperative Europe, a Latin America attempting to set up free trade areas and begin to wonder what went wrong in the Caribbean.”

The C.C.J is to be the final Court of Appeal and the highest body of arbitration on trade matters for the Caribbean Community.

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