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Attorney says he's against St Lucia joining CCJ

Published:Wednesday | June 19, 2013 | 8:38 AM

A member of the St Lucia delegation that attended the constitutional talks leading to the island’s political independence from Britain more than three decades ago, says he is against breaking ties with the London-based Privy Council.



Attorney Evans Calderon, who is one of two surviving delegates to the talks more than 34 years ago, told a local newspaper that he also believes that to join the Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) the island would have to stage a referendum.



The CCJ, established in 2001 to replace the Privy Council as the region’s final court, serves also as an international tribunal interpreting the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas that governs the 15-member regional integration grouping.



It has both an original and appellate jurisdiction but while most of the CARICOM member countries are signatories to the original jurisdiction, only Barbados, Belize and Guyana have signed to the appellate jurisdiction.



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