Prime Minister the Most Hon. Andrew Holness has been appointed a member of the Privy Council.
His Excellency the Governor General, Sir Patrick Allen issued a statement announcing the appointment today.
“Her Majesty The Queen has been graciously pleased to approve that the Most Honourable Andrew Holness, ON, PC, MP, Prime Minister of Jamaica, be appointed a member of Her Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council.”
The accepted form of address of the Prime Minister as of today, will be: “The Most Honourable Andrew Holness, ON, PC, MP, Prime Minister.”
The appointment became effective on May 26, 2021.
Prime Minister Holness is to attend a meeting of the Privy Council, at the first convenient opportunity, in order to take the oath or affirm in the presence of the Queen.
Who Is The Privvy Council
The Judicial Committee of the Privy Council is the highest court of appeal for many Commonwealth countries, as well as the United Kingdom’s overseas territories, crown dependencies, and military sovereign base areas.
It also hears very occasional appeals from a number of ancient and ecclesiastical courts. These include the Church Commissioners, the Arches Court of Canterbury, the Chancery Court of York, prize courts and the Court of Admiralty of the Cinque Ports.
To bring an appeal to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council, you must have been granted leave by the lower court whose decision you are appealing. In the absence of leave, permission to appeal must be granted by the Board. In some cases there is an appeal as of right and a slightly different procedure applies.
In civil cases, the lower court will generally grant you leave to appeal if the court is satisfied that your case raises a point of general public importance.
In criminal cases, it is unusual for the lower court to have the power to grant leave unless your case raises questions of great and general importance, or there has been some grave violation of the principles of natural justice.
Appeal therefore lies from these countries:
- Antigua and Barbuda
- The Bahamas
- Cook Islands and Niue (Associated States of New Zealand)
- St Christopher and Nevis
- Saint Lucia
- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Why Does An Independent Country Have an UK Court Overseeing Them ?
Millions believe that the Colony of Jamaica gained independence from the United Kingdom on 6 August 1962. The fact is that the people of Jamaica were not granted independence only the government as is clear in line 1 of the Jamaican Independence Act.