Commentary: CCJ referenda: The verdicts are in. Should they be appealed?

Mike Jarvis is a freelance journalist and commentator in London.

By Mike Jarvis

‘Appeal’ as indicated in the heading is a rhetorical question.

There will no doubt be extensive post mortems on the outcome of the referenda in Antigua and Barbuda and Grenada (where the membership bid has now failed twice) on having the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as their final appellate court.

Both independent countries, like most of their Caribbean Community (CARICOM) partners, still refer to the UK Judicial Committee of the Privy Council (JCPC) as their final criminal and civil jurisdiction appellate court.

It’s worth pointing out that it was the CCJ that was under scrutiny, not the JCPC – and where there might have been concerns they were certainly not of the scale and depth…

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