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CCJ bills tabled in Senate

Published:Friday | May 22, 2015 | 3:37 PM

Legislation to establish the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as Jamaica’s final appellate court was today tabled in the Upper House.

The far-reaching pieces of legislation, which seek to amend the Constitution to make the CCJ the country’s final court,  has already been passed by the House of Representative by a two-third majority vote.

This means that if the Senate also gives the green light to the CCJ bills, Jamaica will leave the United Kingdom-based Privy Council.

The opposition Jamaica Labour Party, which voted against the bills in the House of Representatives, has signalled that it will oppose the bills in the Senate.

For the laws to be passed in the Senate it also requires a two-third majority, which means that at least one of the eight opposition senators would have to vote with the 13 government members.

After the three CCJ bills were tabled this morning, Justice Minister, Senator Mark Golding, asked for a second reading of the bills.

Debate on the bills is expected to take place on a date to be announced by the Leader of Government Business in Senate, Senator A.J. Nicholson.