Gibson: Get ready for CCJ return

The Chief Justice has put all concerned on notice to prepare for the return to Barbados of the Caribbean Court of Justice for hearing the Shanique Myrie case.

Marston Gibson told the opening of the 2012-2013 opening of the Legal Year in the Supreme Court yesterday that “we need to begin the preparation for the CCJ’s return to Barbados for the hearing in the Shanique Myrie case, which is scheduled for later this year”.

Gibson said the previous hearing involved an application, while the hearing later this year would be evidentiary “about what several of my Jamaican friends now call simply and deprecatingly, the case of the “cavity search”.

“In April this year, we were thrilled to have in our midst, the Caribbean Court of Justice which conducted hearings in Barbados. It was the first time that the court had sat in any jurisdiction other than in Trinidad and Tobago, and our Court system was particularly honoured to be chosen as the site for this historic event,” pointed out the island’s head of the judiciary.

Myrie, a Jamaican, is accusing local immigration officers of a humiliating and intrusive body search when she arrived at Grantley Adams International Airport on a visit late last year. One of the things she wanted the CCJ to rule on is the setting of common standards to which CARICOM nationals must be subjected in each others territory. (EJ)

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