What is the relationship between the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) and the CARICOM Single Market and Economy?

The CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) is established by the Treaty of Chaguaramas as revised by nine Protocols. The main purpose of the CCJ’s original jurisdiction is to interpret and apply the Treaty, (as revised). This is done by:

  • hearing and deciding on disputes between countries or between persons and countries which involve issues which the treaty deals with, or
  • by giving advisory opinions when member states ask for them, or
  • by having national courts and tribunals refer issues to the CCJ for interpretation.

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