Bringing Justice Home

The Road to Final Appellate and Regional Court Establishment

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Bringing Justice Home

Publication date: 1 October 2008
Size: 240mm x 165mm
ISBN: 978-0-85092-882-2
Pages: 72

Until recent times many smaller Commonwealth jurisdictions have turned to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in London as their final court of appeal. Now more and more countries have amended their constitutional arrangements to bring the final court of appeal closer to home.

Cheryl Thompson-Barrow charts the experience of a number of countries and looks at the different ways in which alternative appeals processes have been set up, comparing the approach taken by countries like Australia and New Zealand with that taken in parts of the Caribbean. She makes recommendations for future good practice in the establishment and administration of final courts of appeal, based on discussions by Commonwealth law ministers and senior officials over the period 2003 to 2007.

ContentsExpand or collapse me

List of acronyms

1. History of Appeals to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in London
2. Judicial Independence – Final Appellate Court Establishment
3. Regional Court Establishment
4. Some Results So Far
5. Recommended Best Practices

References and Bibliography

About the contributor Expand or collapse me

Cheryl Thompson-Barrow (Author)

Cheryl Thompson-Barrow is a lawyer and former Adviser and Head of Section in the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Division of the Commonwealth Secretariat. She is currently General Counsel of the CARICOM Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana.
ReviewsExpand or collapse me

‘...this book is a useful contribution to the literature, and helps document an important period in international jurisprudence.’

The Round Table, Vol. 98, No. 401, 223–243, April 2009

‘Thompson-Barrow should be commended for her valuable contribution to the discourse on these important legal matters, and for providing a good primer for additional study on access to justice issues.’

Journal of Parliamentary and Political Law