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Jamaican human rights group blasts JLP

Published:Wednesday | November 19, 2014 | 9:24 AM

The Independent Jamaica Council For Human Rights (IJCHR) has reacted with shock to a statement by the Opposition Leader, that the Jamaican Labour Party has no interest in adopting the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as Jamaica's final court of appeal.

According to the IJCHR, it is unacceptable that the Privy Council is inaccessible to the average Jamaican.

The Council says the Privy Council is expensive and could cost each party in the region of nine million dollars for a simple appeal.

The council has also rejected the notion that the CCJ is not an internationally recognised court.

It says in the short 10 years of its existence the CCJ has established an international reputation for high intellectual quality and legal soundness.

The Council also says Caribbean jurists have consistently served with distinction in important and challenging positions.

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