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Regional organization rejects judicial activism by Belize Court of Appeal

Posted: Friday, January 10, 2020. 7:05 am CST.

By BBN Staff:  The Caribbean Cause, a regional group consisting of individuals and groups from 14 Caribbean territories including Belize issued a statement today saying that it notes with alarm that the Appeal Court of Belize has supported Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin’s unilateral alteration of the content and intent of the Belizean Constitution in changing “sex” to “sexual orientation”.

“We argue that the Court in Belize has taken to itself powers that it does not have and is setting dangerous precedent that is a threat to our democracies. Caribbean CAUSE has previously communicated its concerns about the obvious judicial activism in the original ruling in both a press release and in letters to the Heads of Government of 12 Caribbean territories which was supported by groups representing tens of thousands of concerned Caribbean citizens,” the statement expressed.

The group says that the conduct of the judges in this matter has led to a crisis because the courts are seeking to make democracies into “juristocracies” – a position that is wholly untenable and cannot be allowed.

The group says that no judge must be allowed to unilaterally alter the content and intent of the Constitution of a democratic society.

This function is the prerogative of the people and their duly elected representatives only.

The group says that it has sent a second comunique to the Heads of Governments asking that as their elected representatives, they must both speedily address these instances of judicial activism and to put mechanisms in place to prevent future occurrences in order to protect the citizens of the Caribbean, from the tyranny of activist judges.

Member countries include Jamaica – Anguilla- Aruba – Barbados- Belize- Cayman Islands – Curacao – Trinidad and Tobago- St Lucia – St Vincent and the Grenadines –

 

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