Media Release – CCJ Rules that Appellants Cannot Bypass the Court of Appeal

7 Apr 2020

The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) has ruled that, in its appellate jurisdiction, it can only hear appeals from judgments delivered by the Court of Appeal. The Court’s judgment was handed down in Knox v Deane and others, a dispute that has a long history in the courts of Barbados. In this latest round of litigation, a judge had made an order against Ms Knox, who passed away and is now represented by her son, Mr Knox.

The order, made in the High Court by Worrell J, was to seize dividends from Kingsland Estates Limited that were payable to the mother’s estate. Mr Knox appealed to the Court of Appeal. That court reserved its decision in 2016 and to date has not given its judgment. Mr Knox took the view that the failure to date of the Court of Appeal to give a decision should be treated as if it were a dismissal of his appeal. It was on this basis, that Mr Knox believed the CCJ should give him permission to appeal Justice Worrell’s order. In effect, Mr Knox was seeking to bypass the Court of Appeal and take his case straight to the CCJ from the High Court.

Access the full media release here: Media Release 07_2020