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Grenada prime minister to seek new referendum on Caribbean Court of Justice

Dr. Keith C Mitchell, prime minister of Grenada gives his final remarks at the final press conference during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London, England, April 20, 2018.
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Grenada Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell will again be pursuing a referendum on the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as the island’s final court of appeal.

He said a second referendum will be held at the end of the year after 12,653 Grenadians voted against it in a referendum in 2016.

Some 9,639 voters supported the 2016 Constitution of Grenada (Caribbean Court of Justice and other justice-related matters) Bill in November 2016.

Mitchell’s New National Party, which was re-elected to office in the recent general election, had supported the Bill, but the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) opposed the reform.

He said the Caribbean Court of Justice is an important issue to take a second look at.

“Our jurists have served the regional and international institution with distinction, and it would be, to me, almost an insult to say to ourselves that we cannot be responsible for justice in our country,” he said.

The Caribbean Court of JusticeBill was one of seven, which the electorate voted on in September 2016.

A two-thirds majority was needed for the amendments to pass, but all seven Bills were rejected by voters.

The Caribbean Court of Justice is based in Port of Spain, Trinidad.

Updated 3:05 am, July 10, 2018
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