St Lucia attorney calls for putting judicial house in order before CCJ switch

Natalie Dabreo

CASTRIES, St Lucia (SNO) — Local attorney Natalie Dabreo has called on the government of Saint Lucia to put its judicial house in order first before even thinking of switching to the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as the island’s final appellate court.

Presently, the London-based Privy Council is Saint Lucia’s final appeals court but there have been calls to move over to the CCJ, based in Trinidad. Some, such as CCJ president, Justice Adrian Saunders, have said that such move will be a sign of full independence from Great Britain.

But Dabreo does not believes that a move from the Privy Council will define the island’s independence.

“We are endeavouring to remove ourselves from the Privy Council to fully claim our independence?” she told Caribbean…

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