Saint Lucia. In the spring, the Government of Saint Lucia began preparations to leave the Privy Council in London as the country’s highest court and replace it with the regional court of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ). However, heavy votes were opposed to the change and felt that a referendum should be carried out. Saint Lucia joined and formed CCJ in 2005 together with eight other countries within the CARICOM partner organization. The Court, which has its seat in Trinidad and Tobago, had 15 members in 2013. CCJ serves both as the highest court for member states and as a court for issues related to CARICOM’s internal market, such as trade disputes.
According to Countryaah, Lawyer Evans Calderon, who took part in the legal discussions in connection with Saint Lucia’s independence from Britain in 1979, argued that the constitution of the country must be changed and that a referendum is needed to decide whether the country should replace the Privy Council with the CCJ. Calderon himself is against the change. According to the CCJ, the authorities in Saint Lucia do not have to carry out a referendum on the matter. The small party of the Lucian People’s Movement (LPM) urged both the ruling Saint Lucia workers ‘party and the large opposition party United Workers’ Party not to make the CCJ the highest judicial body without allowing the residents to vote in the matter. The government pointed out that a referendum might be too expensive for the country.