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Financing of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court

by: - June 25, 2019
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Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit

 

Discussing the sustainable financing of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (ECSC), Dominica and other countries of the Organization of the Easter Caribbean State (OECS) have pledged their commitment for the establishment of a trust fund to finance the court.

Resources will be made available to finance the court on the medium to long term road say Prime Minister Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit, speaking during the 4th Meeting of the OECS  Assembly.

“We have as the authorities signaled our intentions of the establishment for a trust fund for the supreme court in order to allow for there to be financing of the court, similar to what we have done to the Caribbean Court of Justice,” he
revealed.

Further stating “So we’ve asked for a simplified approach to this, in terms of reporting back to us to look at what are the needs of the supreme court and what would be the financing required to finance the court certainly in the medium to
long term; because we have given the firm commitment to the court to ensure that it has the resources at its disposal to dispense justice within our supreme court jurisdiction.”

Chief Justice of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, Justice Janice Pereira has over the years said that the allotment for the operation of the court coming from the individual member countries’ national budgets is too low and that the financial woes are compounded by late and sometimes short payments of these allotments.

The (ECSC) is a  superior   court of record  for the  OECS , including six  independent states :  Antigua and Barbuda , the Commonwealth  of  Dominica ,  Grenada ,  Saint Kitts and Nevis ,  Saint Lucia ,  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines  and three  British Overseas Territories  ( Anguilla ,  British Virgin Islands , and  Montserrat ). It has unlimited jurisdiction in each member State.