PM SC pleads to CCJ… But was it for her sister?

Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar yesterday announced to Parliament growing confidence in the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as she revealed plans to make it the final court of appeal for criminal matters.

The London-based Privy Council will continue to have the final word on all civil matters.

What a difference a year makes. Last March, Persad-Bissessar sounded disinterested and dismissed any notion that cutting ties with the Privy Council was a mark of the Caribbean’s sovereignty and maturity.

The PM credited the nation’s 50th anniversary as one reason for her about-turn on the CCJ and intimated that the CCJ is likely to be softer on hangings than the Privy Council.

And the fact that Persad-Bissessar made the announcement on the same day her sister’s significant travel expenses were revealed in Parliament, which ensured Nurse Newton wasn’t the local media’s cover story today? Surely a happy coincidence.

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