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The Judiciary and Governance in the Caribbean


Selwyn Ryan


This study looks at some of the programmes and initiatives that have been undertaken in the Anglophone Caribbean to reform the judiciary following independence and more recently.

Particular attention has been paid to the reform effort in Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Guyana and the Eastern Caribbean, as well as to the controversies that have arisen over the issue of judicial independence as political executives themselves seek to reform or control the judiciary to make it more "accountable". Detailed attention has also been paid to the conflicting responses to the proposal to abolish the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council and replace it with a Caribbean Court of Justice.

All the concerns which had been generated over the post - independence years about the relationship between the Executive and the Judiciary surfaced and informed reactions to the proposal. While many saw the initiative as the culmination of the process of decolonisation and the mechanism through which a Caribbean jurisprudence could be constructed, others felt that Caribbean judiciaries had not yet shown themselves sufficiently mature and competent to sever ties with the imperial structures from which they sprang and from which they continued to receive their inspiration and tutelage.




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