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Inferiority complex behind CCJ resistance

Published:Friday | December 12, 2014 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) is a good development for Jamaica and the entire Caribbean. The fear that the court is substandard is unfounded. One of the real issues is that the political class in Jamaica will lose influence because the court is located in another country, but so is the Privy Council.

We must stop our colonial mentality and become self-confident. If you do not believe in yourself, who will believe in you? Jamaica is one of the most influential countries in CARICOM. A lack of confidence in the CCJ is actually a lack of confidence in Jamaica, because Jamaica was a very influential architect of the CCJ.

England has as many weaknesses in its judicial system as any CARICOM nation. The difference is that England believes no country can do it better, while we believe its judicial acumen is more sound. To me, it's a neurotic inferiority complex.