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CCJ says Jamaica's Shanique Myrie case was main highlight of court's first decade

Published:Thursday | February 5, 2015 | 4:45 PM
Shanique Myrie - File

The case involving Jamaican Shanique Myrie is being branded as the highlight of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.



A decision in the case brought and won by Myrie, against the Barbados government, was handed down in October of 2013.



According to an Antigua Observer report, CCJ president, Sir Dennis Byron said the judgment attracted the widest public interest and helped to position the court as a voice for the ordinary people.



He also said that his assessment is that court's ruling has had a benefit on the way business is done in the region.



In the landmark case, the CCJ held that Caricom nationals are entitled to enter member states, without harassment or the imposition of impediment, and to stay for up to six months.



The ruling also gave guidelines for interpretation of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas under which the right to free movement is derived.



Now, member states must give the refused person written reasons for the refusal and also to advise them of their entitlement to access meaningful judicial review.



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