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Bills to replace Privy Council with CCJ tabled in Senate

Friday, May 22, 2015 | 4:43 PM    

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KINGSTON, Jamaica – Minister of Justice Senator Mark Golding this morning tabled the three Bills seeking to replace the traditional Judicial Committee of the Privy Council (JCPC) in the United Kingdom, with the 10-year-old Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ).

However, there was no indication when the three Bills – the Caribbean Court of Justice Act, the Judicature (Appellate Jurisdiction) (Amendment) Act and The Constitution (Amendment) (Caribbean Court of Justice) Act – will be debated.

The Constitution (Amendment) (Caribbean Court of Justice) Act will require a two-thirds majority in the Senate to be approved. However, with the 21 members of the upper house shared 13-8, the Government does not have a two-thirds majority and its success rests in one of the eight Opposition members breaking ranks.

The three Bills were passed in the House of Representatives on May 12, with Speaker Michael Peart providing the 42nd vote needed for the two-thirds majority in the 63-member lower house.

Balford Henry

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