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  • Three Bills, which seek to make the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) Jamaica’s final appellate Court, by replacing the Privy Council of the United Kingdom, were tabled in the Upper House on Friday (May 22).
  • The Caribbean Court of Justice Act, the Constitution (Amendment) (Caribbean Court of Justice) Act, and the Judicature (Appellate Jurisdiction) (Amendment) Act, 2012, were tabled by Minister of Justice, Senator the Hon. Mark Golding.
  • The Bills were passed in the Lower House on May 12, with a 42 to 21 vote by all 63 members of the House.

Three Bills, which seek to make the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) Jamaica’s final appellate Court, by replacing the Privy Council of the United Kingdom, were tabled in the Upper House on Friday (May 22).

The Caribbean Court of Justice Act, the Constitution (Amendment) (Caribbean Court of Justice) Act, and the Judicature (Appellate Jurisdiction) (Amendment) Act, 2012, were tabled by Minister of Justice, Senator the Hon. Mark Golding.

The Bills were passed in the Lower House on May 12, with a 42 to 21 vote by all 63 members of the House.

The CCJ was established on February 14, 2001 through an agreement signed by the Heads of Government of CARICOM at their 22nd meeting in Nassau.

The Bills are now to be debated in the Senate. The Government needs a two-thirds majority vote in both Houses of Parliament for the law to be passed.