Statement by Dr Francis Alexis QC (23 July 2014)The Statement made in Grenada yesterday by Sir James Mitchell, former Vincentian Prime Minister, that Caribbean countries should not have the Caribbean Court of Justice (“CCJ”) as their final appellate court is put to shame by several factors. So says Dr. Francis Alexis QC.
One is the readiness of the UK to facilitate certain Caribbean countries in getting out of the Privy Council and into the CJ. Dr Alexis refers to the clause in the Constitution of Dominica by which, earlier this July, under an agreement between Dominica and the UK, Dominica, without referendum approval, properly passed an Act to get out of the Privy Council and into CCJ. That clause, Alexis points out, appears also in the Constitution each of St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia and St.Vincent.