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Mar 21, 2011

Sir Dennis Byron, St. Kitts & Nevis native, New C.C.J. President

Sir Dennis Byron

Belize formally adopted the Caribbean Court of Justice as its final appellate court in June of last year.  Barbados and Guyana are the other Caribbean countries that have joined the CCJ. Belize has elevated several cases to the CCJ most notably that of former ministers Florencio Marin Sr. and Jose Coye over the sale of lands in the Caribbean Shores area.  While a decision on the matter remains pending another transition is underway as Sir Dennis Byron, a native of St. Kitts & Nevis, has been named incoming president of the CCJ.   Sir Byron succeeds Right Honorable Michael de la Bastide who is set to retire in mid-August.  In a teleconference held in Trinidad over the weekend Sir Byron emphasized the need to further publicize the CCJ within the region.

Sir Dennis Byron, Incoming President, CCJ

“We have, ourselves, have visited some of the CARICOM countries and held seminars and discussions with law associations, with business associations and trade unions in an effort to provide more information about the court and this is an ongoing exercise which I’m sure will be continued and on which we place a good deal of importance.  So these are all ways in which we can bring the court to the attention of the public and try and inform the public about the benefits which can accrue from the utilization of the services provided by the court.”

Sir Dennis Byron is currently the President of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.  He has also authored many articles on human rights law through Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia Canada.

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