At least two CARICOM leaders have dismissed suggestions of political interference in the operations of the Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ).

The positions of CARICOM chairman, Prime Minister Dean Barrow of Belize and Barbados Prime Minister Freundel Stuart come as Antigua and Barbuda gets ready to launch on March 10th, a public education programme ahead of a referendum on whether or not the island should become the latest regional country to join the CCJ, established in 2011 to replace the London-based Privy Council as the region’s highest court.

Prime Minister Barrow indicated that much thought went into establishing the CCJ to protect it from potential political pressures, while Prime Minister Stuart noted that while there might be ‘talks’ about political interference, these claims have not been supported by facts.

Stuart said he is familiar with many of the judges in the Caribbean, and he knows them to be men and women of high integrity.

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