Advantages and Disadvantages of the Ccj as the Caribbean's Final Court of Appeal

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What are the advantages and disadvantages of all Caribbean states having the CCJ as a finale appellate court?

The ongoing debate about the establishment of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), and whether or not it would benefit the people of the Caribbean or should be the final appellant court continues. The CCJ was established in 2001 and is based in Trinidad and Tobago. The objective of the CCJ was to provide for the Caribbean community an accessible, fair, efficient, innovative and impartial justice system built on jurisprudence reflective of our history, values and traditions while maintaining an inspirational, independent institution worthy of emulation by the courts of the region and the trust and confidence of its people.
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Additionally, a statement was made by Lord Bingham in which he admitted that the local courts would be better off in dealing with these matters, and he stated:
Surratt v A.G of Trinidad and Tobago - “To the extent that the answer to the present problem is doubtful, weight should be given to the judgment of Trinidad and Tobago courts. A judge sitting in a local constitutional environment, in which he has grown up and with which he is familiar, is likely to have a surer sense of what falls within the purview of the constitution and what falls beyond, than a court sitting many miles away…”
Furthermore, Francis Jacobs - Privy Counselor and former Advocate General of the European Court of Justice had this to say:
“A supreme court of high calibre has been established in the Caribbean which would be able to…develop a modern Caribbean jurisprudence in an international context…All possible steps should be taken to encourage the Caribbean to accept the jurisdiction of their own supreme court…”
Independence as quoted from the Webster’s Encyclopedia English Dictionary, is defined as: “the state or quality of being free from influence, control, or determination of another or others.”
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