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Impact Justice continues to increase regional pool of restorative practices trainers

BASSETERRE, St Kitts — The Canadian government-funded Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean (IMPACT Justice) project, recently trained 30 educators including the chief education officer, principals, deputy principals, education officers and guidance counsellors in restorative practices at a two-day workshop held in St Kitts from October 29 to 30, 2018.

This workshop was the third such workshop sponsored by IMPACT Justice in St Kitts and Nevis, the first two being held in October 2015. It also marked the completion of formal training for two trainee restorative practices trainers.

The workshop commenced with a brief opening ceremony on October 29, at which Professor Velma Newton, regional project director of the IMPACT Justice Project delivered remarks. Newton in her…

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Letter: The Caribbean Court of Justice is no people’s court

Dear Sir:

One of the least expressed moral lessons of the downright nasty Senate confirmation hearings that send Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States of America Supreme Court on October 6 was the open, accountable, and democratic manner in which he was selected.

It is a moral lesson that should be taught to supporters of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), a body whose members are certainly not selected in a transparent, accountable, and democratic fashion. The American confirmation hearings are also a teachable moment for the citizens of Antigua/Barbuda and Grenada who will be asked to accept the CCJ as their final appellate body on November 6, the same day that the American people will be voting in their mid-term congressional elections.

The moral lesson is simple…

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Privy Council orders Trinidad chief justice to pay legal costs

Chief Justice Ivor Archie

By Caribbean News Now contributor

LONDON, England — Trinidad and Tobago Chief Justice Ivor Archie has been ordered to pay the legal costs incurred by the Law Association of Trinidad and Tobago (LATT) in defending the unsuccessful action brought against it by Archie in relation to its ongoing investigation into misconduct allegations against him.

On Friday, some two months after the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in London dismissed an appeal from a lower court ruling also rejecting Archie’s challenge to the association’s inquiry into his conduct, a further order was granted requiring Archie to pay the costs involved.

In written submissions on the issue, Archie’s lawyers asserted that, as the case raised public interest concerns, he…

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Trinidad law association still waiting for advice on impeachment of chief justice

Chief Justice Ivor Archie

By Caribbean News Now contributor

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — The Law Association of Trinidad and Tobago (LATT) is expecting to receive advice by next week from its two external counsel on whether there are grounds to approach the prime minister to invoke the impeachment clause of the constitution against Chief Justice Ivor Archie.

After receiving the advice from the two senior counsel retained by the association, Eamon Harrison Courtenay, a former AG of Belize, and president of the Grenada Bar Association, Francis Alexis, the council is expected to discuss the recommendations and take them to the association’s membership, Newsday reported.

On Wednesday, Senior Counsel Israel Khan wrote to the association’s president, Douglas Mendes, SC, to get…

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Caribbean Court of Justice orders release of convicted murderer in Belize

The Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) Wednesday ordered the release of Japhet Bennett, who had been found guilty of a 2009 murder in Belize.

Bennett had been convicted of murdering Ellis Meighan Sr. in Belize City and was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2013.

During his trial, Marlon Middleton, the brother in law of the murdered man denied sections of his statement to the police that had identified Bennett as standing over the body with a gun.   The jury, however, found him guilty of murder despite a submission by his attorney that there was little evidence to convict his client.

But the CCJ, by a 4-1 majority decision, allowed Bennett’s appeal after it found that there had been no other evidence which could have allowed the jury to properly assess…

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Commentary: Fake access to justice promoted for Grenada’s CCJ referendum – Part 4

J. K. Roberts is a sound public policies advocate; a premature retiree from the Public Service of Grenada, and author of two books (“Into The 21st Century” published in 1995 and “Management Practices in The Public Service of Grenada” published in 2011)

By J. K. Roberts

The ordinary people are being wooed to place confidence and contentment in the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), especially since its judges are said to be isolated from political interferences.

However, a crucial point that must not escape from the minds and decisions of the people is that the politicians have a direct interest, influence, impact and determination in the accessing of justice, even before a court case could be accepted for substantive trial by the CCJ.

Moreover, empirical evidences show…

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