Friday 16 November, 2018

CCJ to rule on Jason Jones lawsuit on Friday

The Caribbean Court of Justice will deliver a ruling on Friday, in a case between Jason Jones and the Council for Legal Education (CLE), the Council for Human and Social Development (COHSOD) and the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED).

Jones is the president and co-founder of the Association of Caribbean Students for Equal Access to the Legal Profession (ACSEAL).

He initiated legal action against the CLE, COHSOD and COETD in July.  Jones is contending that these bodies have infringed his rights to access vocational training in the Region in order to become an attorney-at-law, eligible to practice within CARICOM member states.

He argued that the automatic acceptance of persons graduating with law degrees from The University of the West Indies (UWI) into the regional law schools, and the requirement for the holders of "non-UWI" law degrees to sit an entrance exam to gain entrance to those schools, amount to breaches of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas.

He cited Articles 35, 36, 37 and 46 of the Revised Treaty and argued that these “infractions” are restricting participation in the Caribbean Single Market and Economy (CSME).

Judgment will be delivered in this matter around 2 pm at courtroom 1 of the CCJ, Henry Street, Port-of-Spain. The judgement will be broadcast live at which can be accessed by using a web browser such as Chrome or Firefox. No login information is required.


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