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Tufton to speak in CCJ debate

Published:Friday | November 13, 2015 | 11:56 AM
Tufton ... to speak in the Senate today

Dr Christopher Tufton, one of the two opposition senators on whom the Government is banking to support the three Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) bills will speak in the debate today.

Tufton along with Arthur Williams were returned to the Senate this year after the court ruled as unconstitutional the move by the Opposition Leader Andrew Holness to submit their presigned undated letters to the Governor General.

Government senator Wensworth Skeffrey has said Tufton and Williams should atone for their sins arising out of their decision to sign predated letters authorising their dismissals.

The Government needs the support of at least one opposition senator to secure the passage of one of the bills, which is seeking to make a constitutional amendment.

However, the Opposition has maintained that the decision as to whether the CCJ should replace the Privy Council as Jamaica's final court of appeal should be put to the people in a referendum.