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Thursday, 23 July 2009 12:10

Belmopan, 22 July, 2009. The Attorney General’s Office is involved in sensitizing the Belizean community on the Seventh Constitutional Amendment Bill which was tabled on June 19 by Prime Minister, Hon. Dean Barrow.  The Bill seeks to remove the Privy Council as the final appellate court for Belize and to replace it with the Caribbean Court of Justice; to remove the dual citizenship disqualification for membership of the House of Representatives or the Senate; to provide for the appointment of the Attorney General irrespective of membership of either House of National Assembly.

Members of the Constitution and Foreign Affairs Committee, which includes Minister of Education, Hon. Patrick Faber who is the Chairman; Minister of Public Service, Hon. John Saldivar, Minister of State, Hon. Nemencio Acosta and Hon. Ramon Witz, Parliamentarians; Opposition Leader, John Briceno, and Francis Fonseca will be traveling nationwide to carry out the exercise along with Secretary to the Committee, Herbert Panton, who is also Clerk of the National Assembly. 

According to the Solicitor General, Oscar Ramjeet, three lawyers from the Attorneys General Chambers, Elisa Montalvo, who is Deputy Solicitor General (Legal Drafting) Philip Palacio, Crown Counsel, and Rondine Twist, Legal Officer, will make presentations at the seven venues explaining the legal implications of the two measures. 

Belize will be the third CARICOM country to join the regional appellate Court. The other two are Guyana and Barbados.

The forum will allow for members of the public to address their views and concerns on the amendments. The panel will also be addressing the issue of dual citizenship for members of the National Assembly and the appointment of an attorney general regardless of which house of the National Assembly he belongs to. 
The venues for the presentations are: Bishop Sylvester Memorial Center, Belize City, on July 22; Dangriga Town Hall on July 29; and San Ignacio Hotel Conference Room on July 30; all commencing at 7:30 p.m.  
Residents of Orange Walk will have an opportunity to hear the presentations on August 5, at 7:30 at the Town Hall, while Corozal residents will hear the presentations on August 6, at the Town Hall. 
The team will be at the Punta Gorda Sports Complex on August 19, commencing from 7:30 pm and in San Pedro Lion’s Den on August 30 at 7:30 pm.