Foreign Affairs Legal 

AG in Santo Domingo

Public Safety Minister the Hon Steadroy Cutie Benjamin recently returned to Antigua and Barbuda where he attended the 7th Caribbean-United States Security Cooperation Dialogue, under the theme “Towards a More Effective Partnership and Integration for Citizens Security”. Several Topics were discussed to include, Regional Collaboration for Law Enforcement and Combating Transnational Organized Crime; Crime and Violence Prevention; National Disasters and Lesson Learned; Enhancing Maritime Security Cooperation and Caribbean International Partners Coordination Efforts. Minister Benjamin was very impressed with the meeting on a whole and its effectiveness and noted that during…

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Legal Regional News 

Implementation of an E-Litigation Portal for Courts in the Eastern Caribbean a Possibility

The Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (ECSC) through the Office of the Chief Justice is implementing an E-Litigation web portal within all Courts in all the OECS Member States & Territories, for the electronic management of cases filed within the jurisdiction of the ECSC. This new system replaces the Judicial Enforcement Management System (JEMS) which has currently been in use within all the Courts of the OECS Member States and Territories since the year 2000. This E-Litigation solution is a highly proven web-based application software developed by CrimsonLogic Ltd, headquartered in…

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Legal 

New Law Year for Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court Opens September 20

Wednesday, 20th September 2017 signals the commencement of the New Law Year for the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court. The occasion will be marked with the usual Ceremonial Opening, in the form of a Special Sitting of the Court. The proceedings will commence with a Church Service at HOLY FAMILY CATHEDRAL, MOUNT ST JOHN, starting at 8.00 am, followed by a procession to the High Court of Justice where the Special Sitting of the Court will be held. In light of the passage of Hurricane Irma and its devastating impact on…

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Legal ONDCP 

Court of Appeal Upholds Constitutionality of the Civil Forfeiture Regime in Antigua & Barbuda

The Court of Appeal of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court has upheld the Constitutionality of Antigua and Barbuda’s civil forfeiture regime, which provides for the forfeiting of the proceeds and instrumentalities of crime without the need for a criminal conviction. The appeal was brought by Ahmed Williams after a forfeiture order was made by Justice Clare Henry against his two parcels of real property. Williams had previously been convicted of possession of cocaine with intent to sell. At trial, Williams maintained that his assets were not obtained through money laundering…

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Legal Politics 

UPP Hails CCJ Referendum Abandonment

PRESS RELEASE: The UPP hails the recently announced abandonment of the CCJ Referendum, as incontrovertible proof that the will of the People always prevails. This conclusion has emerged, in spite of numerous attempts by the ABLP administration to force the issue, without providing for equal airing of both viewpoints on the CCJ. The UPP and a majority of the population showed a preference for a multi-issue referendum, since the need for comprehensive constitutional reform has been long over due. To that end, Senator Harold Lovell made initial suggestions on several noncontentions constitional changes in his 18th…

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Business Economic Legal 

Gov. Welcomes “Vindication” of Calvin Ayre as Part of “the failure by US to Comply with WTO Ruling on Internet Gaming”

The Government of Antigua and Barbuda congratulates Mr. Calvin Ayre on the resolution of the criminal case brought against him in the United States. The dismissal of all felony charges against Mr. Ayre, in a matter that dragged on for over 5 years, vindicates him entirely. Mr. Ayre took up permanent residence in Antigua and Barbuda in 2007 after acquiring an existing gaming company. At all material times, his company was licensed by the Financial Services Regulatory Commission (FSRC) to carry on gaming activities and complied with the stringent laws…

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Legal 

Disability Act Comes into Focus This Year, Draft in Progress

On Friday President of the Association for Persons Living with Disabilities, Bernard Warner met with Attorney General the Hon. Steadroy Benjamin, Minister of State within the Ministry of Legal Affairs, Senator Maureen Hyman- Payne and legal drafters to discuss the way forward as it relates to the proposed Disability Act to be tabled in Parliament this year. In discussing the Act, the Attorney General mentioned that the bill will be drafted based on the recommendations of the association. Benjamin noted that the Gaston Browne led administration will ensure that the rights…

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Legal Politics 

Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister and Opposition Leader Meet on CCJ

Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister the Honourable Gaston Browne Monday held “lively discussions” with Opposition Leader the Honourable Baldwin Spencer on the move towards adopting the Trinidad and Tobago-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as the country’s final court replacing the London-based Privy Council. PM Browne, speaking at a news conference following the talks, told reporters that Mr. Spencer had made a “number of recommendations which we are willing to take on board…including widening the coordinating committee to include wider stakeholdership”. Browne said that the government has agreed to the…

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Legal 

AG Off to Jamaica Tomorrow For Legal Education Council Meet

The Attorney General the Hon. Steadroy Cutie Benjamin will be among the Region’s top legal practitioners who are members of the Executive committee of the Council of legal Education, attending a meeting being held in Jamaica. The high level meeting will convene on January 27th. The Executive committee will review decisions made during past meetings and the way forward as it relates to legal education in the region. The last meeting of the executive committee was held in the Bahamas at the British colonial Hilton on January 29th 2016. The…

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Legal 

Intergovernmental Agreement to Facilitate Compliance with FATCA

The Governments of Antigua and Barbuda and the United States of America have signed the Model 1B Inter Governmental Agreement (IGA) which pave the way for the enactment of the enabling legislation. The enabling legislation, being the “Foreign Account Tax Compliance (United States) Implementation and Enforcement (Intergovernmental Agreement) Bill” 2016 will be tabled in parliament shortly. This will then create the legal environment for financial institutions in Antigua and Barbuda to submit their information to the Competent Authority (the Commissioner of the IRD) for onward submission to the IRS. Foreign…

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