Civil society role critical to advance CCJ, says former president

Sir Dennis Byron

By LK Hewlett

BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) — Former president of the Caribbean Court of Justice Sir Dennis Byron has weighed in on why two more Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries have rejected the CCJ.

Antigua and Barbuda and Grenada both held referenda on Tuesday to decide if their countries would move to the CCJ as their final appellate court instead of the UK Privy Council, and in both countries, the required two-thirds majority vote was not realized.

Byron told WINN FM that the low voter turnout in both countries may be an indication that the issue did not resonate with the voters as being important to them.

“Theoretically it’s disappointing because it means that there’s an issue which people might not see as important to their lives and to…

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