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Debate on bills to establish CCJ for Parliament next week

Published:Wednesday | November 27, 2013 | 9:42 AM

The House of Representatives will next week begin the debate on three bills which seek to make the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) Jamaica’s final court of appeal.



The bills, which were tabled on April 23, became eligible for debate three months ago.



Leader of Government Business in the House Phillip Paulwell says the Government is committed to moving away from the Privy Council and it intends to have the bills discussed in Parliament.



Paulwell says the government remains hopeful that the Parliamentary Opposition will support the move to the CCJ.



A two-thirds majority vote is needed in both Houses of Parliament for Jamaica to successfully abolish appeals to the Judicial Committee of Privy Council and replace it with the CCJ.



While the Government has a two-thirds majority in the House, it will need to get at least one opposition senator to support the bills.



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