June 19 Basseterre: President of the Caribbean Court of
Justice (CCJ), Justice Michael de la Bastide has informed regional attorneys general that the Court is moving speedily
to establish the Rules of Court in both the Original and Appellate Jurisdictions.
He told Attorneys General
attending the 11th Special Meeting of the Legal Affairs Committee in Guyana that in the case of the Appellate Jurisdiction,
the Rules of Court had to be placed on the front burner giving that two Member States, Barbados and Guyana, have already enacted
the legislation to give recognition to the CCJ as their final court.
Mr. de la
Bastide appealed to the Attorneys-General to ensure that the CCJ is in receipt of all national legislation in relation to
the Court. He further appealed to the Attorneys-General to establish mechanisms for effective communication as the CCJ needed
to interact with the Region’s Attorneys -General as required.
to the communiqué issued at the end of the meeting, Attorneys General welcomed the report from the CCJ President and further
stressed that the CARICOM Secretariat could play a coordinating function in relation to areas such as amendments to required
legislation including those relating to privileges and immunities.
agreed that the CARICOM Secretariat should continue to play a leading role in public education on the CCJ, if the people of
the Region are to embrace the Court and also given its importance in relation to the CSME.
In order to facilitate the free movement of Judges and officials of the Court, and members of the Regional Judicial
and Legal Services Commission (RJLSC) in the exercise of their duties, the Legal Affairs Committee recommended that these
persons be permitted to use the Laissez Passer, the official travel document for institutions of the Caribbean Community.