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CCJ begins historic first Belize session

Monday, April 20th, 2015. Aaron Humes ReportingThis morning the seven justices of the Caribbean Court of Justice arrived for a historic first session in Belize on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of its founding. CCJ 2The Court’s first case is a criminal appeal in which convicted murderer Gregory August is seeking leave to appeal his case to the CCJ. If he is successful it would be Belize’s first criminal appeal to the court. August was convicted of the murder of Alvin Robinson six years ago.

The court will also hear the appeal of the Maya Leaders Alliance and alcaldes of Toledo against the Government in relation to the rights of the Maya to land in that district. That case is Scheduled for 10 am Wednesday.

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Belize is one of four Caribbean countries to use the CCJ as its final court of appeal. The Court is meeting at the Supreme Court of Belize in the chamber of Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin.

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