CCJ dismisses Tommy Lee Sparta case

20 Feb 2017

The first Original Jurisdiction application filed by a Dominican national, Mr. Cabral Douglas, was dismissed today by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ). Mr. Cabral Douglas, an event organizer, claimed that his country, Dominica, caused a breach of his contract with Jamaican entertainer ‘Tommy Lee Sparta’, whose given name is Mr. Leroy Russell.  Mr. Douglas, in the case, Cabral Douglas v The Commonwealth of Dominica (OA 1 of 2017), alleged that Dominica’s action also caused multiple violations of his rights under the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas (RTC).  The Court ruled that he had failed to prove a breach of treaty rights which were intended to benefit him directly.  The Court emphasized that it was not possible to access the  Original Jurisdiction merely because another person’s rights under the Treaty may have been breached.