After just over a year of taking evidence, testimony from 22 witnesses and visits to two other CARICOM states outside of its 134 Henry Street, Port of Spain, Trinidad headquarters, the Caribbean Court of Justice concluded the case which Jamaican Shanique Myrie brought against Barbados for alleged inhumane, degrading and discriminatory treatment at Grantley Adams International Airport on March 14, 2011.
The two days, which were set aside to hear final arguments from Barbados, Myrie’s lawyer, Jamaica as intervenor and CARICOM, are now history following today’s final submissions before a six man, one woman CCJ panel.
While President of the court, Sir Dennis Byron did not tell the sitting, which included members of the public and media, when his team expected to return their judgement, very reliable officials close to the CCJ, told Barbados TODAY that the region should know the outcome in about three months.
This newspaper was also informed that the justices now had to “wade through” about 3,000 pieces of documents before making a ruling on whether to award damages to Myrie, and or, rule on procedures and systems which would substantially improve hassle-free travel within the region by CARICOM nationals and also guarantee them more humane treatment in the exercise of their fundamental rights and freedoms under the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas and the 2007 Heads of the Government Conference.
During the hearing, which started in Jamaica on March 4, 2012, Barbados called 11 witnesses, the claimant six, Jamaica — the interenor — four and the CCJ one — police officer Serafene Carrington from Barbados.
Sir Dennis told Barbados TODAY in an interview inside his well-appointed office, that the decision to take the court to Jamaica, was not to expect any favour, but to demonstrate the fairness and the pursuance of justice of the tribunal in accommodating all the witnesses.
He noted that in the case of Jamaica, some witnesses could not afford to travel to the Trinidad headquarters to give evidence, hence the court went to them.
Now, the waiting starts for all concerned in this historic case. (EJ)†
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