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The Jeff Cumberbatch Column – Demonstrably Valid?

There will be time enough, I suppose, for more scholarly reflection on the implications of the decision earlier this week of the Caribbean Court of Justice on an appeal from Barbados where the ruling was that it is not permissible for a person charged with an offence to be convicted of that offence in circumstances […]

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The Jeff Cumberbatch Column – The Mirage of Integration (iii)

Trade –Britain’s links with the EU are holding back its focus on emerging markets…Leaving would allow the UK to diversify its international links… Immigration – Britain can never control immigration until it leaves the EU, because freedom of movement gives other EU citizens an automatic right to live here… Law –Too many of Britain’s laws […]

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The Jeff Cumberbatch Column – The Mirage of Integration (ii)

“The Community and Common Market are intended to promote the coordinated development of the region and to increase intra-regional trade thereby reducing dependence on extra-regional sources. The community will institutionalize the machinery for the many shared services, which already exist and which even the most prosperous of the More Developed Countries, could not operate on […]

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Justice Must Be Served

Submitted by Heather Cole In the game of cricket, there is no victory without a challenge. In athletics no race is won without a challenge and in the court of law, no precedent can ever be set without a challenge. Two recent occurrences prompted me to write this article. The first was a call from […]

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The Jeff Cumberbatch Column – On Nearing Fifty… (i)

BU shares the Jeff Cumberbatch Barbados Advocate column – Senior Lecturer in law at the University of the West Indies since 1983, a Columnist with the Barbados Advocate MUSINGS: On nearing fifty… (i) 10/18/2015 By Jeff Cumberbatch […]

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Donville Inniss’ Response to Vote Buying by Politicians

Posted by Artaxeres to the Well Done Freundel blog

It seems as though once again Donville consumed too much alcohol or mind altering substances at Friday and Saturday night karaoke sessions, which puts him in the frame of mind to talk shiite at the DLP Sunday evening constituency branch meetings.

The suggestion from three businessmen to implement laws forbidding politicians from bribing people to vote for them, seems to have brought condemnation from “The Don”. He is reported as having said, “You need to strongly, not subliminally, but boldly state that any businessman who provides money to a politician to buy votes should also be locked up and heavily punished.”

But we all know Donville is a man who loves the attention he receives from the press, as well as constantly contradicting Stuart, or implying that he’s a liar.

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Barbados and CCJ in a Tiff

One of the most controversial court decisions handed down by the United States of America Supreme Court is Roe v.Wade in 1973. To this day the decision continues to stoke public debate about the license humans should be given to determine when to abort the life of an unborn child. It is also interesting to note one of the highest courts in the United Kingdom – still the final court of appeal for the majority of former British colonies – allows Dissenting Opinions by the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council.

In 2001 the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) was established. It is the original original jurisdiction to translate and arbitrate matters arising from the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramus. Many suggest it is unfortunate only Barbados, Belize and Guyana so far, are the countries to recognize the CCJ in its appellate jurisdiction.

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The Caribbean Court of Justice – A Cautionary Legal Tale

It is most unusual and judicially improper for a Court to publish its judgment in the public media before it has been delivered and communicated to the litigants and their legal representatives. This is what the Caribbean Court of Justice did in the Caribbean Court of Justice Civil Appeal Case No. BBCV2014/002 – Systems Sales […]

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Caribbean Court of Justice Judge Gets Greedy

When and where ignorance rears its head it must be exposed for what it is. When it occurs within the realm of the judiciary that is responsible for the administration of justice – the foundation of an orderly society-  it definitely is cause for concern. The incident  reported by the Trinidad Express that a Caribbean […]

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Prime Minister Stuart: Life in Barbados Continues as Normal

Submitted by Douglas Prime Minister Freundel Stuart delivered a wide ranging address at the Democratic Labour Party’s St. Philip North Branch meeting at the Hilda Skeene Primary School on Sunday, 13thOctober 2013.  In a packed room of branch members and party supporters, the DLP President and Prime Minister took the opportunity to thank the constituents […]

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Does Barbados Aspire to Become the Warehouse and Whorehouse of Unskilled Labour in the Caribbean?

This week in the news we learned that a Canadian woman will have to remove her Niqab in order to testify against her attackers. This is a case which has occupied the attention of the Courts for five years – read Niqab ban in sexual assault trial causes controversy. Also in the news this week, […]

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Shanique Myrie Goes to Court

The Shanique Myrie matter is currently being heard before the Caribbean Court of Appeal (CCJ) and is being followed closely by BU. Frankly it appears both sides have been …  By showing itself to be an itinerant court it shows how the CCJ is configured to deliver justice in a region which may require such […]

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Notes From a Native Son: The Rise of Supranational Organisations May be Barrack’s Lifeline

Introduction: Excuse me for being a bit more boring than usual this week, but bear with me as the issues I intend to discuss are of central importance to the constitutional and economic future of our tiny island. They impact on the juncture where law, financial services and macroeconomic policy meet. Equally, they may also […]

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CCJ Justices Condemn Barbados JUDICIARY

During the recent sitting of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) in Barbados, BU has received information from a credible source that the CCJ justices met with Barbados’ judges and expressed to them their displeasure and dismay at the state of the Barbados courts. While the CCJ placed all the blame at the feet of […]

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Notes From a Native Son – Is Our Institutional Democratic Deficit a Barrier To Our Economic Progress

Introduction: The Caribbean Court of Justice recently held its first meeting outside Trinidad, hearing the case of a young Jamaican woman allegedly assaulted by Barbadian border officials, and it was generally judged a success. In another development, a former Attorney General and Chief Justice has also revealed that it is his intention to put his […]

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Shanique Scores First In The Shanique Myrie Versus Government Of Barbados Matter

BU has resisted writing – up to now – about the Shanique Myrie matter. Many disagreed with Shanique Myrie’s legal advisors who made the decision to access the Caribbean Court Justice (CCJ) to rule on her (Myrie) right to move freely under the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas. After yesterday’s ruling by the CCJ to give […]

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The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) Heaps Scorn On Barbados Judges

The CCJ has struck at the Barbados courts once again. This time, the case is Sea Haven Inc. v Dyrud. The CCJ noted that: The case was commenced on June 06. 2002, but was not heard until February 07, 2007. Almost 5 years. Indeed, it has taken almost 10 years before the case finally completed […]

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The CCJ Has Now Constituted Itself as a Parliament

I must admit from the outset that I am out of my league, but that has never stopped me before, and I see no good reason why that should stop me now. Recently the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) gave a judgement in a Belize case that I thought would have been the talk of […]

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