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Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court The achievement of professionalism and excellence in the timely,effective and efficient access to, and administration of a cohesive, independent and accountable system of justice for the benefit of its Member States.”

Our Court holds in high regard its role as the bastion for the promotion and protection of the fundamental rights and freedoms held by every person in our society, from the youngest child to the oldest adult. When these fundamental rights and freedoms are threatened or violated society is negatively impacted. The Court is the avenue through which redress is obtained and balance is restored in society. The development of law has a direct impact on the values in society and the strides that we make as a region. Therefore, as with anything else, we need to ensure that the Court achieves its purpose efficiently and effectively. As a regional court the ECSC has an even greater responsibility to bear; we must therefore make it our duty to preserve this Institution and all that it represents.

Truth be told, the challenges faced by the Court impact negatively on its ability to function as efficiently and effectively as it should. This co–equal branch of government, like any other, is being buffeted by the ferocious torrents of harsh economic times. The adverse effects are felt by our Court as we strive to maximize operations even in the face of such adversity.

(Excerpt from the Chief Justice’s Address, Opening of the Law Year, Tuesday,17th September 2013)

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RECENTLY POSTED JUDGMENTS

15.08.2014

Shawn Richards et al v The Constituency Boundaries Commission et al

Claim No SKBHCV2013/0241
Ramdhani, J [Ag]
Delivered: 31/07/2014
Judicial Review – Constitutional Boundary Commission – Challenge to the Decision of the Boundary Commission Contained in Final Report – Relevant and Irrelevant Considerations – Whether the Commission took irrelevant Matters into Consideration – Bias – Whether the Appointment of the Chairman Tainted with Appearance of Bias – Consultation – No Expressed Constitutional, Statutory or Common duty Consult – Commission Embarking on Consultations – Whether Giving Rise to Legal Obligation to Consult – Whether Consultation Fair and Proper.

Wayland Vaughan v Sabina Heather Joseph-Vaughan

Claim No SKBHCV 2013/0009
Ramdhani, J [Ag]
Delivered: 30/06/2014

Lorna Paton v Ulmer Paton

Claim No NEVHMT 2013/0123
Ramdhani, J [Ag]
Delivered: 30/06/2014
Domestic Violence – Application for Protection Order – Powers of the High Court – Matters for the Court’s Consideration – Scope of Protection Order – Only as wide and for such duration as is necessary to ensure protection without unduly affecting property rights.

Clarvis Joseph et al v Antigua Power Co Ltd

ANUHCVAP2014/0016
Pereira, C.J.
Delivered: 07/07/2014
Leave to appeal order refusing to stay claim commenced in 2013 by respondents – Prior action commenced by respondent in 2007 – Applicants sought stay on basis that 2013 claim based on same facts and claimed same damages already claimed in 2007 proceedings – Re-litigation of issues already finally litigated before Privy Council – Res judicata – Abuse of process

NEWS AND UPDATES


10.05.2014

Introduction of E-Filing

Introduction of E-Filing: The Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, in an effort to improve efficiency and to take advantage of the available technology..


30.04.2014

Vacancy Notice – Post of High Court Judge, Commercial Division

Vacancy Notice
Commercial Judge
Commercial Division of the High Court, Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court


28.04.2014

Press Summary for 26 of 2013 – Gaston Browne v The Constituencies Boundaries

Press Summary for 26 of 2013 – Gaston Browne v The Constituencies Boundaries


Press Summary for 28 of 2013 – Gaston Browne v The Attorney General et al

Press Summary for 28 of 2013 – Gaston Browne v The Attorney General et al

SITTINGS

14.08.2014
- Court of Appeal Cause List
Tortola Cause List – September, 2014
- Court of Appeal Cause List
Cause list St. Vincent – October, 2014

EVENTS

07.02.2014
Mediation Training

[ May 19, 2014 to May 23, 2014. ] Persons interested in attending the mediation training workshop planned for March 3 – 7, 2014, are advised that the activity has been rescheduled to May 19 – 23, 2014.

PUBLICATIONS

08.04.2014
Joseph S. Archibald passing

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