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Debate on CCJ bills to begin next week

Published:Thursday | November 13, 2014 | 11:48 AM

The House of Representatives will next week start debating whether Jamaica should abandon the London-based Privy Council for the Caribbean Court of Justice as the final appellate court.



The three bills intended to effect the change have been before the House since 2012.



In the last attempt to have the bills debated one and a half years ago, Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller moved for the first reading of the bills.



On April 23 last year, the Prime Minister gave notice for a second reading of the bills.



With the proposed legislation seeking to amend an entrenched section of the Constitution, the bill must sit on the table of the House for three months before its debated.



The parliamentary opposition has indicated it will not be supporting the bills, insisting that the issue should be put before the people in a referendum.



The successful passage of the bills requires two-thirds support in both houses of Parliament.



The Government has a solid two-thirds membership in the House of Representatives, but would need to swing at least one opposition senator to ensure passage in the Upper House.



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