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Country Report Guyana

  • Published: July 2014
  • Region: Guyana
  • 28 Pages
  • The Economist Intelligence Unit

Several former UK Caribbean possessions are proceeding with plans, or at least talking about, breaking off ties with the London-based Judicial Committee of the Privy Council (JCPC), seen by many as a vestige of colonialism. Although this may take time, it could well be an area in which Caribbean Community (Caricom) states could see the benefits of regional integration amid a lack of progress on the establishment of a full common market.

In its place, countries are increasingly joining the Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), a court that was created in 2001 to settle disputes relating to the interpretation of the Caricom treaty. The move could heighten the court's reputation in the region. However it probably marks a small step forwards, rather than a large one, for Caribbean political and economic integration efforts.

Beginning in 1833 the JCPC served as the final court of appeal for Commonwealth jurisdictions, including Canada, India, New Zealand, Hong Kong and all of the UK colonies in the Caribbean. Many of the larger states quickly created their own final courts post-independence. However, the JCPC still serves 31 jurisdictions, which include the UK's 14 overseas territories and three crown dependencies, as well as larger Caribbean nations such as Jamaica.

Country Report Guyana

Switch to Caribbean court could bolster Caricom unity
Post-colonial separation
Regional court workload is picking up
A step towards further integration?

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