Is there general agreement on the establishment of the Caribbean Court of Justice?

At the present time, there is still some lingering opposition to the CCJ. Surveys in some Member States, however, have showed as many as 80% of the persons surveyed supported the Court. In some jurisdictions, while there is little opposition to the Court in its original jurisdiction, there is more opposition to it in its appellate jurisdiction.

Opposition to the CCJ was informed by various considerations, such as suspicion of the unknown and professional resistance to change. Some members of the legal fraternity also entertained reservations about the ability and willingness of Member States of the Caribbean Community to provide adequate funding for the Court on a sustainable basis. Other stakeholders question the likelihood of the CCJ attracting to its benches judges of the required expertise and legal erudition to inspire confidence among members of the legal community and litigants generally. All of these considerations have been addressed. Defenders of the Court perceive of this institution as completing the independence of Commonwealth Caribbean States. Other supporters of the Court consider that an indigenous Court consisting of regional judges is best suited to pronounce on issues of regional importance and, in so doing, contribute to the development of a regional jurisprudence.

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