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'No need for referendum on adopting CCJ as final court'

Published:Thursday | May 30, 2013 | 12:53 PM

Attorney General Patrick Atkinson has reiterated that there is no need for a national referendum on whether Jamaica should adopt the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as its final court of appeal.

Legislation has already been tabled to amend the constitution to replace the Privy Council with the Caribbean Court of Justice as the final appellate court.

However, speaking during the Sectoral Debate yesterday the Attorney General emphasised that a national referendum is not legally required or advisable.

Debate has been ongoing about the Caribbean moving away from the London-based Privy Council and adopting the CCJ as the region’s final appellate court.

While Jamaica is a signatory to the establishment of the CCJ, the country has yet to utilise it in its appellate jurisdiction.

Only three countries – Barbados, Guyana, and Belize – have signed on fully to the CCJ.