A statement by Chief Justice of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (ECSC) regarding growing interference in the justice system, is being used to bolster the case of residents who think it is “not yet” time to adopt the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as the final appellate court.
Yesterday, Dame Janice Pereria said in a widely broadcast address to mark the opening of the new law year that “attempts at judicial interference are on the rise”.
She did not give specifics, but indicated that “these attempts emanate from places and persons and by methods which you would least expect”.
The sub-region’s top judicial officer told colleagues to remain “resolute and focused in their mandate to ensure equal access to justice and equal justice”.
“They must fiercely, unhesitatingly, and without fear or favour, guard and defend their role as protectors and enforcers of the rule of law; the guardians of our constitutions,” she said.
It is the first time since taking up the position of Chief Justice that Dame Janice has so boldly spoken to matters relating to interference which has, for a long time, been a cause for fear among members of the public.
She said that it was time to stop pretending that the problem did not exist but stressed that there had only been “attempts”.