Play Video
1
The Court Hierarchy and Judicial Precedent
The Court Hierarchy and Judicial Precedent
::2013/10/13::
Play Video
2
Jamaica Interview with Judges
Jamaica Interview with Judges
::2011/11/06::
Play Video
3
Judicial Corruption Testimony @ NY Senate Judiciary Hearing John Sampson
Judicial Corruption Testimony @ NY Senate Judiciary Hearing John Sampson
::2010/10/07::
Play Video
4
Vote for Justice - Richard Fine/Judicial Corruption
Vote for Justice - Richard Fine/Judicial Corruption
::2013/07/19::
Play Video
5
Sen. Ted Cruz Q&A in Judiciary Committee Hearing on Continued Oversight of FISA
Sen. Ted Cruz Q&A in Judiciary Committee Hearing on Continued Oversight of FISA
::2013/10/02::
Play Video
6
Same-sex Marriage Controversy Exposes Problems with Federal Judiciary+91-9878614652
Same-sex Marriage Controversy Exposes Problems with Federal Judiciary+91-9878614652
::2014/12/15::
Play Video
7
DUTCH JUDGES CAUGHT CHEATING IN ARUBA
DUTCH JUDGES CAUGHT CHEATING IN ARUBA
::2013/11/05::
Play Video
8
Hon Duane Hart NY Supreme Court Judge Testimony @ NY Senate Judiciary Hearing John Sampson P2
Hon Duane Hart NY Supreme Court Judge Testimony @ NY Senate Judiciary Hearing John Sampson P2
::2010/10/06::
Play Video
9
Starting a Business in Jamaica-Choosing your legal structure
Starting a Business in Jamaica-Choosing your legal structure
::2014/05/27::
Play Video
10
Extra judicial killings
Extra judicial killings
::2011/12/01::
Play Video
11
Judges To Order More Lashings Than Prison Sentences(IranVNC)
Judges To Order More Lashings Than Prison Sentences(IranVNC)
::2008/07/28::
Play Video
12
Zimbabwe Interview with Judges
Zimbabwe Interview with Judges
::2011/11/05::
Play Video
13
Judiciary Versus Parliament
Judiciary Versus Parliament
::2013/08/26::
Play Video
14
Grassley Asks Why Democrats are Complaining About Judicial Confirmations
Grassley Asks Why Democrats are Complaining About Judicial Confirmations
::2013/04/19::
Play Video
15
Judicial Committee of the Privy Council Judgment 29th July 2013
Judicial Committee of the Privy Council Judgment 29th July 2013
::2013/07/29::
Play Video
16
Vybz Kartel Murder Case  Problem With Jamaica
Vybz Kartel Murder Case Problem With Jamaica's Justice System
::2013/01/22::
Play Video
17
Zille expressed concern over the independence of SA
Zille expressed concern over the independence of SA's judicial institutions
::2013/09/06::
Play Video
18
International Association of Women Judges - Zambia (UN Trust Fund grantee)
International Association of Women Judges - Zambia (UN Trust Fund grantee)
::2010/11/19::
Play Video
19
Hearing of sacked judges
Hearing of sacked judges' petitions halted
::2012/11/27::
Play Video
20
Conference on Legal and Judicial Legacies of Empire - The Hon Madame Justice Désirée Bernard
Conference on Legal and Judicial Legacies of Empire - The Hon Madame Justice Désirée Bernard
::2014/08/05::
Play Video
21
What qualifies Sharma Solomon to second guess the competence of Linden COI Commissioners? - AG
What qualifies Sharma Solomon to second guess the competence of Linden COI Commissioners? - AG
::2013/03/12::
Play Video
22
WMATA - Red Line Train Arriving at Judiciary Square
WMATA - Red Line Train Arriving at Judiciary Square
::2012/01/19::
Play Video
23
WMATA Metrorail: Shady Grove bound Red line train depart Judiciary Square
WMATA Metrorail: Shady Grove bound Red line train depart Judiciary Square
::2014/02/09::
Play Video
24
Judiciary has been completely penetrated by corrupt beings - Itse Sagay
Judiciary has been completely penetrated by corrupt beings - Itse Sagay
::2012/09/17::
Play Video
25
Jerry Springer in Jamaica with Joe Issa
Jerry Springer in Jamaica with Joe Issa
::2013/12/04::
Play Video
26
Roy and Rosemary Discuss Chairman Smith
Roy and Rosemary Discuss Chairman Smith's E-Verify
::2011/06/21::
Play Video
27
About SEBI
About SEBI
::2013/06/19::
Play Video
28
Iowa Supreme Court and the Judiciary
Iowa Supreme Court and the Judiciary
::2010/04/13::
Play Video
29
Sibel Edmonds interviewed by Michael Rivero 2012-05-17
Sibel Edmonds interviewed by Michael Rivero 2012-05-17
::2012/05/18::
Play Video
30
Problems with ICE Integration, Detention, and Removal Procedures (Part 1 of 2)
Problems with ICE Integration, Detention, and Removal Procedures (Part 1 of 2)
::2011/11/29::
Play Video
31
"Riots" The Legacy. real fathers for justice
"Riots" The Legacy. real fathers for justice
::2011/10/02::
Play Video
32
Dan Griffith Why the Judicial branch
Dan Griffith Why the Judicial branch
::2010/07/19::
Play Video
33
LMM - Wednesday Fasting Details - March12, 2013
LMM - Wednesday Fasting Details - March12, 2013
::2013/03/12::
Play Video
34
RI Judicial Staffing
RI Judicial Staffing
::2009/12/23::
Play Video
35
Dunya News-DUNYA@8 With Malick-13-08-2012
Dunya News-DUNYA@8 With Malick-13-08-2012
::2012/08/13::
Play Video
36
The drawbacks of delayed court cases   29TH May 2014
The drawbacks of delayed court cases 29TH May 2014
::2014/05/29::
Play Video
37
ANGRY TIBETAN BUDDHISTS! (uncensored)
ANGRY TIBETAN BUDDHISTS! (uncensored)
::2008/08/12::
Play Video
38
Stemming Violence Against Nigerian Women
Stemming Violence Against Nigerian Women
::2013/01/05::
Play Video
39
Several Colombian Generals Fired Over CORRUPTION RING
Several Colombian Generals Fired Over CORRUPTION RING
::2014/02/19::
Play Video
40
Eric Holder Refuses To Say "Radical Islam"
Eric Holder Refuses To Say "Radical Islam"
::2010/05/13::
Play Video
41
Kidney And Bladder Cleanse (Gall Bladder Cleansing)
Kidney And Bladder Cleanse (Gall Bladder Cleansing)
::2012/12/10::
Play Video
42
Phones Headset (Bluetube Headset)
Phones Headset (Bluetube Headset)
::2012/12/13::
Play Video
43
Kidney And Bladder Cleanse (Gallbladder Flush)
Kidney And Bladder Cleanse (Gallbladder Flush)
::2012/12/19::
Play Video
44
Antioxidant (Bacterial Infection Detox)
Antioxidant (Bacterial Infection Detox)
::2012/12/13::
Play Video
45
Phones Headset (Amazon Airtube Headset)
Phones Headset (Amazon Airtube Headset)
::2012/10/08::
Play Video
46
Senator Provides Worst Anti-Weed Argument Yet
Senator Provides Worst Anti-Weed Argument Yet
::2013/09/11::
Play Video
47
BREAKING NEWS: OCCUPY WALL STREET. BY GUNSHOTS & BLOODSHED WILL THE FEDERAL JUDGES TAKE MY HOME
BREAKING NEWS: OCCUPY WALL STREET. BY GUNSHOTS & BLOODSHED WILL THE FEDERAL JUDGES TAKE MY HOME
::2011/10/09::
Play Video
48
Maroons Standing in Locus Standi 28/08/2013
Maroons Standing in Locus Standi 28/08/2013
::2013/08/28::
Play Video
49
January 20, 2009 : 9 am
January 20, 2009 : 9 am
::2009/04/29::
Play Video
50
Los antioxidantes en los alimentos (Infeccion Las bacterias Desintoxicante)
Los antioxidantes en los alimentos (Infeccion Las bacterias Desintoxicante)
::2012/11/27::
NEXT >>
RESULTS [51 .. 101]
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  (Redirected from Supreme Court of Jamaica)
Jump to: navigation, search
Coat of arms of Jamaica.svg
This article is part of a series on the
politics and government of
Jamaica
  • Judiciary

The judiciary of Jamaica is based on the judiciary of the United Kingdom.[1] The courts are organized at four levels, with additional provision for appeal to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in London. The Court of Appeal is the highest appellate court. The Supreme Court has unlimited jurisdiction in all cases, and sits as the Circuit Court to try criminal cases. The Resident's Magistrate's court in each parish hears both criminal and civil cases, excluding grave offences. The Petty Sessions are held under Justices of the Peace, with power to hear minor crimes.[2][3]

Jamaica is a common law jurisdiction, in which precedents from English law and British Commonwealth tradition may be taken into account.

Court of Appeal[edit]

The Court of Appeal is the highest appellate court in Jamaica; it is superior to the Supreme Court.[1][2][4] The Court is composed of a President and six other Judges. The Chief Justice is also a judge ex officio of the Court of Appeal, but participates only when asked to do so by the President. Although the Court of Appeal is the highest court in Jamaica, its judgements may themselves be appealed to the Queen-in-Council, in which case they are heard by the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in London.[1][2]

Supreme Court[edit]

The Supreme Court has unlimited original jurisdiction in criminal and civil cases. The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court is the head of the judiciary. Besides the Chief Justice, the court is composed of the Senior Puisne Judge and additional Puisne Judge, with their number established by Parliament. In response to increasing case load, Parliament in 2008 increased the number of spaces on the Supreme Court from 26 to 40[5] with the new spaces filled over time by appointment of new judges.

The Supreme Court has a number of divisions, in which a subset of the justices hear specific types of cases. The Circuit Court is the division for criminal cases, holding sessions in the individual parishes. The The Justices of the Peace (Appeals) Act states that the "Circuit Court for every parish in this Island shall be the Appeal Court for matters arising in every such parish."[6] Other divisions of the Supreme Court are the Gun Court, the Commercial Court, the Revenue Court, and the Family Court. In the civil division of the Supreme Court the judge sits alone without the jury, except in cases of defamation. The Supreme Court also serves as a Constitutional Court for Jamaica.

Resident Magistrate's Courts[edit]

Each parish has a Resident Magistrate's Court with power to hear civil and criminal matters. The jurisdiction of each court extends one mile beyond the border of its parish. Severe crimes such as rape, treason, and murder are not tried by the Resident Magistrate's Courts, but are referred to the Supreme Court after a preliminary hearing.

The Resident Magistrate's Courts also have a number of divisions, including the Family Court, Coroners Court, Tax Court, Juvenile Court, Traffic Court, Small Claims Court, Night Court, Drug Court, and Gun Court (Resident Magistrate's Division).

Petty Sessions[edit]

The Petty Sessions hear minor criminal matters, such as resisting arrest. Justices of the Peace serve as judges in the Petty Sessions.

Caribbean Court of Justice[edit]

In 2001 Jamaica signed the agreement establishing the Caribbean Court of Justice. The Court has a dual role: it has original jurisdiction and functions as an international court in interpreting and applying the Treaty of Chaguaramas, which established CARICOM; and it is intended to replace the Privy Council as a court of last appeal for the countries of the Commonwealth Caribbean.[7][8]

In 2004 the Jamaican Parliament passed an establishing the CCJ as the highest court in its Original Jurisdiction in the interpretation of the Revised Treaty of Chagaramus, while at the same time attempting to replace Privy Council as the final appellate court in Jamaica. However, in 2005 the Privy Council struck down the change to the final appellate court as unconstitutional because the Privy Council's status is an entrenched provision in the Jamaican Constitution and as such more would be required to remove the Privy Council as the final appellate court. The Council ruled that although Parliament was within its powers to remove appellate jurisdiction from the Privy Council, it could not grant jurisdiction to the CCJ through an ordinary act. Instead, such a change must meet the more rigorous standards for amending "entrenched" provisions of the Jamaican Constitution. As a result, the Privy Council remains the final court of appeal for Jamaica.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Background Note: Jamaica". U.S. Department of State. Retrieved 2009-06-12. 
  2. ^ a b c "The Annual Court Report - 2002-03". Ministry of Justice of Jamaica. 2004. Retrieved 2009-06-12. 
  3. ^ Hudson, Rex A.; Seyler, Daniel J. (1989). "Jamaica". In Meditz, Sandra W.; Hanratty, Dennis M. Islands of the Commonwealth Caribbean. Washington, D.C.: Federal Research Division, Library of Congress. LCC F2131.I85 1989. Retrieved 2009-06-12. 
  4. ^ The Judicature (Appellate Jurisdiction) Act, article 10
  5. ^ Lewis, Taneisha (13 January 2009). "Chief Justice hopeful Supreme Court will be expanded this year". The Jamaica Observer. Retrieved 2009-06-13. [dead link]
  6. ^ The Justices of the Peace (Appeals) Act, article 22
  7. ^ "About the Caribbean Court of Justice". Caribbean Court of Justice. 2003. Retrieved 2009-06-13. 
  8. ^ "The Structure of the Jamaican Court System - Caribbean Court of Justice". University of Florida Interactive Media Lab. 2006. Retrieved 2009-06-13. 

External links[edit]

Wikipedia content is licensed under the GFDL License
Powered by YouTube
MASHPEDIA
LEGAL
  • Mashpedia © 2014