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Parliament debate on CCJ move to begin today

Published:Tuesday | October 15, 2013 | 9:06 AM

The parliament is today expected to begin debate on legislations which will replace the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council with the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as Jamaica's final appellate court.

The Government has signaled that it is full time that Jamaica moves away from the UK-based court.

The Administration will have to convince the parliamentary opposition to get the bills passed in both Houses of Parliament.

The Opposition has said that it will only support Jamaica’s move to the CCJ if Jamaicans give their approval in a referendum.

However, the Government has maintained that there is no constitutional basis for a referendum.

The bills requires two-thirds support in both Houses of Parliament to secure passage.

The Government has a two-thirds majority in the House of Representatives but would need to sway at least one opposition member in the Senate to side with it on the matter.

The debate on the legislation to have the CCJ as Jamaica’s final appellate court comes days after the regional court made a landmark ruling in the case brought by Jamaican Shanique Myrie against the Barbados Government.


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