St Lucia's Prime Minister Allen Chastanet says while signing on to the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) is a critical issue, it is not a priority for his Government at this time.
“Unfortunately, we have a lot of other issues that we are dealing with right now. And so, while it is a critical issue, it is not one of our priority issues at this particular moment,” Chastanet told journalists yesterday on the final day of the 39th Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (Caricom) at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St James.
The CCJ, which was established in 2003, is headquartered in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad.
Up 2015, only four countries — Guyana, Barbados, Belize, and Dominica — had joined the Appellate Jurisdiction of the CCJ.
Two countries — Antigua and Barbuda, and Grenada — later initiated steps to be a part of the CCJ, while the two largest English-speaking countries — Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago, which were in the forefront of the establishment of the regional court — are yet to make it their final court.
There are 15 full member states, five associates, and eight observers of Caricom.
Chastanet, who did not give a time frame for joining the CCJ, noted that it is something that his Government is looking at.