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Monday, January 06, 2014    

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Dear Editor,

I sincerely hope our Government, supported by the Opposition, will act upon the advice of former Prime Minister P J Patterson, a most senior member of the Bar to abolish appeals to the Privy Council, which incidentally is a colonial court and should not be a court of Jamaica since we are no longer a colony. Legislations should, however, make provisions for smooth and rapid transition to the Caribbean Court of Justice as our final court of appeal, as well as to provide for invalidation of what is, in my opinion, the bad decision by the Privy Council that judges of our final court should be entrenched in our Constitution while the Privy Council itself is not entrenched. Remember our people cannot appear before that court as of right, because permission has to be granted to enter Britain, and further, if permission is given, those of our people who can afford the enormous cost have to travel over ten thousand miles, both ways, to have access.

I emphasise rapid transition to the Caribbean Court of Justice, because we need that court for cheaper and easier access to justice.

Owen S Crosbie

Attorney/Barrister-at-Law

Mandeville, Manchester

oss@cwjamaica.com

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