Anthony Astaphan SC calls for Condemnation on CCJ Troublemakers

As the public education and sensitization campaign on the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) continues, there has been a call for persons who intentionally create misconception on the court to be condemned.

Senior Counsel Anthony Astaphan said that those persons who spread misinformation to allude to the presence of political information during the campaign should be confronted in order to protect individuals who genuinely seek understanding.

He was at the time speaking on ZDK’s Sunday Programme Open Forum.

A three-month public education campaign was launched in early March as the government prepares to hold a referendum to determine whether to replace the London based Privy Council as its apex court with the Trinidad based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ).

The senior counsel advised residents to routinely follow discussions on the education campaign in order to prevent being misled. He also recommended that persons adhere and respect the advice of Dr. David Simmons, a man considered to be one of the architects of the CCJ and Dr. Francis Alexis, a constitutional expert, as both men are experts in the said field.

Astaphan continued by posing a question to residents who may not have confidence in the CCJ and in the ability of Caribbean heads to make what he termed as a positive step to adopt the CCJ as the finale appellate court. 

He further reminded relevant authorities including the government and the opposition, of their obligation to educate the public on such an important step.

The initial date for the referendum was scheduled sometime in June but following recommendations made by Dr. Francis Alexis that essential elements must be changed; Cabinet indicated that the referendum is likely to be conducted close to Independence.

News Reporter

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