So what happens where another Court in the Caribbean Community has a case before it with an issue which involves a question concerning the interpretation and application of the Treaty? Must the Court decline to accept jurisdiction and pronounce on the case?

No! The Court must accept jurisdiction and refer the particular issue to the CCJ for determination before delivering judgment, which must respect the CCJ’s determination of the relevant issue! A similar requirement of referral obtains in the European Union and it has been credited with promoting social and economic cohesion among the Member States.

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