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Montague moots CCJ Commission, suggests Patterson and Seaga co-chair

Published:Friday | November 20, 2015 | 11:24 PM
Montague ... the body would sit for a year and review and discuss matters related to Jamaica's moving away from the United Kingdom-based Privy Council to the CCJ.

Opposition Senator, Robert Montague, wants the Government to set up a broad-based Commission to look at the matter of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as Jamaica's final court.

Senator Montague has suggested that the Commission be co-chaired by former Prime Ministers Edward Seaga and PJ Patterson.

He also says it should include representatives from political parties, academia, trade unions, civil society, churches and the Bar.

Making his contribution to the debate on the establishment of the CCJ as Jamaica's final court, Montague said the body would sit for a year and review and discuss matters related to Jamaica's moving away from the United Kingdom-based Privy Council to the CCJ.

The opposition senator further proposed that the Commission undertake a public education campaign.

He says at the end of that process, the matter of Jamaica’s final court should be put to citizens in a non-binding referendum.

 

Opposition Senator, Robert Montague

He emphasised that such an important issue should not go ahead without citizens having their say.

The Senate is debating the three Bills to make the CCJ Jamaica’s final court.