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Privy Council highest court

Published:Wednesday | August 10, 2016 | 8:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

In The Gleaner of August 8, 2016, on Page A4, the member of parliament for Kingston Central, Ronald Thwaites, is recorded as saying that Parliament is the highest court of the land.

I wish to point out that this is not so. It has never been so in Jamaica. Jamaica's highest court is the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council. An anachronism, if you ask me!

The misconception in the member of parliament's statement arises, I think, from the fact that the House of Lords used to be the final court in England. However, the Parliament of Jamaica does not have the status of a court.

Seeing that another former minister of government is on record as making a similar statement, it is time for this correction to be made.

SEYMOUR PANTON

(OJ, CD)