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The Caribbean Court of Justice (“CCJ”): Original Jurisdiction

The CCJ is at present the final Court of Appeal for Barbados, Guyana, and Belize. However, in respect of all the countries in the Caribbean Community it has an original jurisdiction which primarily relates to trade disputes between Member States and between private entities and Member States.

We have successfully initiated the first two cases to go to trial before the CCJ in its original jurisdiction:

  1. CCJ Application OA1 of 2009 – Trinidad Cement Limited v. The Caribbean Community

    Court held that judicial review remedies are available against decisions of the Council on Trade and Community Development in relation to the grant of suspensions of the Common External Tariff on cement.

  2. CCJ Application No. OA2 of 2009 - Trinidad Cement Limited and TCL Guyana Incorporated v. The Government of The Co-Operative Republic of Guyana

    The Republic of Guyana held to be in breach of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas for failing to maintain the Common External Tariff on cement imported from countries outside of the Caribbean Community.”

  3. In 2012, the third Originating Application made on behalf of Trinidad Cement Limited, CCJ Application No OA 1 of 2012 – Trinidad Cement Limited v. Competition Commission was completed. The CCJ refused an application by TCL for Judicial Review of decisions of the Commission to commence an investigation of allegations of market abuse by TCL.

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