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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:
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.
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
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.