T&T still divided on CCJ full membership

Trinidad & Tobago remains divided on whether the country should become a full member of the Caribbean Court of Justice, with at least the head of one group of lawyers calling for a referendum on the issue.

Despite being based in Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago, like a number of CARICOM countries, is only a signatory to the original jurisdiction of the Court.

In paying tribute to the first CCJ president, Trinidadian Michael de la Bastide, who died last week, Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Reginald Armour, said the people of Trinidad and Tobago can now contribute to completing his dream of replacing the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council with the CCJ.

But President of the Assembly of Southern Lawyers, Saira Lakhan, told the Trinidad Guardian newspaper that the Privy Council has served the twin island republic well for the past sixty years, is free from political influence, and its judgements are respected and accepted by the people.

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