Armand de Mestral C.M – The Constitutional Functions of the Caribbean Court of Justice

Armand de Mestral C.M – The Constitutional Functions of the Caribbean Court of Justice

The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) is a pivotal CARICOM institution, effectively representing the attempts to integrate the various economic and cultural realities of the region. The article tackles this central aspect by focusing on its constitutional role. After a historical introduction, the author addresses the original and appellate jurisdiction of the CCJ. Further on, the article touches upon institutional issues that might affect its functioning, such as costs for litigants and the influence of the CCJ on the legal profession. Finally, the conclusion highlights important challenges, among which stems the need for the development of a Community law directly applicable to all member States.

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