Statement by Prime Minister, Dr. the Right Honourable Keith Mitchell on the National Referendum re the Caribbean Court of Justice

Monday, November 5, 2018 5:08 PM- St. George's, Grenada
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Fellow Grenadian patriots,

On Tuesday, November 6, 2018, we have the opportunity to participate in a significant national endeavour as we vote in the national referendum to make the Caribbean Court of Justice our final Court of Appeal.

This vote transcends any political, social or religious alliances, for it is about making justice accessible to every Grenadian, no matter their economic or social status or political affiliation.

It is about our enduring attempts to develop, not merely another society, but one that is fair and just and one which affords all, an equal opportunity for justice at the highest level.

This endeavour goes beyond the realm of this present generation. It is undisputedly a worthwhile investment in the type of society we will set up for our children and grandchildren.

It is rather unfortunate that as we approach this critical milestone in our history as a nation, the gravity of the moment is being distorted with misinformation, particularly on social media.

I urge you not to be swayed by rumours that are intended to sow confusion and doubt.

The matter of justice is too important for our society, for any of us to try to score political points
from the process.

By joining the CCJ, we will also get the opportunity to fix some of the problems that have been
identified in the lower courts. After generations of being associated with the Privy Council, none of these have been addressed. What we have now is a golden opportunity to bring about real change.

The irrefutable fact is that the only real issue on the ballot for Tuesday is whether to keep the Privy Council, which the vast majority of people don’t have the money to access; or to vote for the Caribbean Court of Justice, which will make final justice less costly and more accessible to ordinary people.

There is a saying that justice delayed is justice denied. We are now saying also that justice not accessible is also justice denied.

I call on all Grenadians, not just as Prime Minister, but as a proud citizen of this country and of the Caribbean community – let us to come together on this issue, let us stand united with one voice as we VOTE YES to make the CARIBBEAN COURT OF JUSTICE our FINAL COURT OF APPEAL.







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