Government Wants CCJ As St Vincent's Final Court

Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves said his government is committed to making the CCJ this country’s final court of appeal.

Gonsalves made the commitment on Friday 20th July, at a ceremonial sitting of CCJ in St Vincent to welcome the new president of the court, Vincentian born Justice Adrian Saunders.

Gonsalves told the gathering of legal luminaries that he cannot go it alone since he would need to 2/3 majority in the parliament.

The Prime Minister extended an invitation to the Leader of the Opposition to work together to “strive for the seemingly impossible.”

In his  stirring presentation, Dr the Honourable Ralph Gonsalves noted that “he never thought he would see the day that the Caribbean Court of Justice sat in St Vincent and the Grenadines.”

Defending the independence of the CCJ, he dismissed the notion that the Court is susceptible to political interference.

Gonsalves insisted that those responsible for setting up the Court made certain to put in place features like the CCJ Trust Fund and the Regional Judicial and Legal Services Commission (RJLSC) to safeguard the Court’s independence.

On 16th April 2005, the inauguration of the CCJ was held at Queen’s Hall, in Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago, the Seat of the Court.