Statement of the OECS Bar Association - attacks on the integrity of the CCJ

The OECS Bar Association strongly condemns and views with deep concern the recent irresponsible public attacks on the integrity of the CCJ by Dominican lawyer Cabral Douglas who himself was an applicant in a matter dismissed by the very court (the CCJ) on February 20th, 2017.

Our investigations reveal that on 24th August 2016 Mr. Douglas applied to the Original Jurisdiction of the CCJ seeking special leave to commence proceedings against the State of Dominica. His action arose from the 23rd February 2014 denial of entry, detention and deportation of Jamaican recording artist and entertainer, Mr. Leroy Russell (also known as “Tommy Lee Sparta”), along with three other Jamaican support staff. The contingent of four had gone to Dominica for an international concert organized by Mr. Douglas in observance of the annual carnival in Portsmouth. The denial of entry ultimately caused the cancellation of the concert. 

Ruling against Mr. Douglas <

The Original Jurisdiction of the CCJ is the sole body responsible for interpreting and applying the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas (RTC) which stipulates, among other things, the rights of individuals under the Caribbean Single Market and Economy (CSME). An individual alleging breach of CSME rights by the State - as Mr. Douglas was alleging - requires special leave (or permission) of the court before he can bring an action. 

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