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Antigua to begin consultations on plans to join CCJ

Published:Monday | August 17, 2015 | 9:06 AM

The governing and Opposition parties in Antigua and Barbuda have signed a memorandum of understanding to begin consultations on amending the constitution to make the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), the country’s final appellate court.

Prime Minister Gaston Brown of the Antigua Labour Party signed the MOU with Harold Lovell, leader of the United Progressive Party following a recent meeting with CCJ President, Dennis Byron.

However, according to Lovell, his party will not put a time frame on the nation’s move to accept the CCJ as the appellate court.

To substitute the CCJ for the Privy Council would require a constitutional change, which would have to be approved by voters in a referendum.

Only four CARICOM member states, Dominica, Barbados, Guyana and Belize, have signed onto the CCJ in its appellate jurisdiction.