Monday 5th November, 2018-Government has said the issues within the lower courts cannot be tied to the desire to accede to the Caribbean Court of Justice.
Admitting that issues exist, government says it is moving to rectify the problems and is also receiving assistance through the JURIST Project, a Caribbean judicial reform initiative, administered by the CCJ with funding from the Canadian Government.
Prime Minister Gaston Browne who is a vocal proponent of the Trinidad based court says there are multiple reasons why Antigua and Barbuda should accede to the Caribbean Court of Justice. He has repeatedly stated it will be cost effective, which will ensure that more citizens and residents have access to the court. He has also vouched for the court’s integrity and the process in which the justices are appointed.
Using every opportunity available to him to advance the cause of the CCJ, the prime minister again on Saturday appealed to those eligible to cast a yes vote. He said it isn’t enough for people to say they support the CCJ.
Prime Minister Gaston Browne, who has been criticized in some quarters for his campaign in favour of the regional court, has defended his decision to do so.