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  • Prime Minister the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller has congratulated the Prime Minister of Dominica, Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit, for that country’s enactment of legislation amending the country’s Constitution to adopt the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as Dominica’s final Court of Appeal.
  • Mrs. Simpson Miller noted that in approving the constitutional amendment to sign on to the appellate jurisdiction of the CCJ, Dominica had set an example for several other Member States, including Jamaica, which have not yet adopted the CCJ as their final Court of Appeal.
  • She added that the constitutional amendment was a vote of confidence in the CARICOM regional institution and the high quality of the jurisprudence in the region.

Prime Minister the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller has congratulated the Prime Minister of Dominica, Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit, for that country’s enactment of legislation amending the country’s Constitution to adopt the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as Dominica’s final Court of Appeal.

The amendment was approved by Dominica’s House of Assembly, yesterday (July1).

Speaking this morning (July 2) with Prime Minister Skerrit, before the start of the business session of the 35th Meeting of the Conference of CARICOM Heads of Government in Antigua and Barbuda, Mrs. Simpson Miller  conveyed commendation to the government and people of Dominica on behalf of the government and people of Jamaica.

“I express sincere congratulations to the Prime Minister, Government and people of Dominica for taking this important step towards the consolidation of their Independence,” Prime Minister Simpson Miller said.

She added that the constitutional amendment was a vote of confidence in the CARICOM regional institution and the high quality of the jurisprudence in the region.

Mrs. Simpson Miller  noted that in approving the constitutional amendment to sign on to the appellate jurisdiction of the CCJ, Dominica had set an example for several other Member States, including Jamaica, which have not yet adopted the CCJ as their final Court of Appeal.

Prime Minister Simpson Miller is leading Jamaica’s delegation to the CARICOM meeting in Antigua and Barbuda. Agenda matters addressed on Wednesday included a new strategic plan for CARICOM; a report by the CARICOM Commission on the Economy; a discussion with chief executives of several major Caribbean private sector companies; sustainability challenges of Small Island Developing States (SIDs) and climate change, as well as an exchange of views with the Prime Minister of Spain, His Excellency Mariano Rajoy Brey.