Caribbean people are being urged to draw on the historical experience of the
Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Court of Appeal as a reference point in
assessing the Region's readiness for the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ).
"If we want something we have to be prepared to fund it; I use the experience with
the OECS Court of Appeal...the participating Governments have provided the funding for the
establishment and maintenance of that Court", St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Attorney-General, the Honourable Carl Joseph told a Media Conference in Basseterre, St.
Kitts and Nevis, last week.
Attorney-General Joseph was at the time meeting with journalists following the
conclusion of a workshop, which was aimed at sensitising key operatives of OECS Member
States on the establishment of the CCJ.
The Attorney-General also expressed confidence in the quality of jurists from the
Region, noting that "we have some of the best jurists in the world," adding that
"some of our jurists have sat on the Privy Council, but usually not to deal with
The Attorney-General of St. Kitts and Nevis, the Honourable Delano Bart, reporting to
the Media conference on the consultations which flowed from the workshop sessions, said
that the participants agreed that the countries needed to build awareness among the youth
in particular about the Court and the reasons for its establishment.
Mr. Bart described the public education initiative as a "long and difficult
process", while underlining the importance of the CCJ national committees to the
educational process. He noted too the importance for all CARICOM countries "to get to
a position where we are all able to inform the Region in an expeditious manner."
The St. Kitts and Nevis Attorney-General said that the participants had also endorsed
the need for closer working relationships between the Attorneys-General and the media,
presentation of town meetings, and radio and television programmes as part of a range of
multi media activities necessary to deliver the message effectively.
The workshop which took place from September 26-27, 2000, was attended by senior
Government officials, representatives of CCJ National Committees, and Government
Information Services from St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada, Antigua and Barbuda,
Montserrat, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis as well as representatives of the CARICOM