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Justice minister begs Opposition senators to vote yes for CCJ

Published:Friday | September 25, 2015 | 9:09 PM
Golding ... the ruling by the courts on the pre-signed resignation letters debacle highlights that all senators have a constitutional requirement to vote independently on the matter of the CCJ bills.

Justice Minister, Senator Mark Golding, has pleaded to Opposition Senators to support the bills which would allow Jamaica to make the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) the final appellate court instead of the United Kingdom-based Privy Council.

After months of delay, the Senate is to begin debate on the bills on October 16.

Already, the bills have been passed by the House of Representatives.

The laws require a two-thirds majority to be passed in the Senate.

This means all 13 government senators and at least one Opposition senator would have to vote in favour of the bills.

Speaking at the Opening Ceremony of the 4th Biennial Conference of the Caribbean Association of Judicial Officers in Montego Bay, St. James yesterday, the Justice Minister said the issue needs political consensus between the Government and the Opposition.

The opposition is opposed to a legislative vote on the CCJ bills and has demanded that the government hold a referendum.

The Justice Minister said opposition senators should seek to be on the right side of history by supporting the CCJ bills when they go before the Senate.

Senator Golding said the ruling by the courts on the pre-signed resignation letters debacle highlights that all senators have a constitutional requirement to vote independently on the matter of the CCJ bills.