Commonwealth Caribbean Public Law / Edition 3

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Taking a critical look at the major areas of constitutional and administrative law, Commonwealth Caribbean Public Law places a firm emphasis on the protection of citizens' rights and good governance. The fourth edition of this book builds on the success of previous editions, setting out the established legal principles through Caribbean cases, along with critique and commentary of the law where appropriate. Contemporary issues and changes in Caribbean Public Law are addressed, and the book has been thoroughly updated with the latest developments in case law and legislation.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781859416327
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • Publication date: 2/7/2008
  • Series: Commonwealth Caribbean Law Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 376
  • Sales rank: 851,261
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author

Albert Fiadjoe was previously the Professor of Public Law at the University of the West Indies.

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Table of Contents

Foreword     xiii
Preface     xv
Table of Cases     xvii
Table of Legislation     xxxiv
Table of Abbreviations     xli
The Ambit of Public Law
Public Law Defined     3
Introduction     3
The Rise of Public Law     6
Constitutional Law and Administrative Law - Nexus or Divide?     10
Judicial Review     15
Introduction     15
The special situation of Guyana     18
The Distinction Between Review and Appeal     22
The Impact of Judicial Review on the Law of Remedies     25
The Grounds for Judicial Review     27
Substantive ultra vires     29
Procedural ultra vires     32
Improper delegation of power     33
The rules of natural justice and legitimate expectation     35
Abuse of discretion     36
Errors of law and fact     49
Reasons for decisions     52
Limits to Judicial Review?     56
Summation     60
Exclusion of Judicial Review, the Public and Private Law Boundary, Habeas Corpus     61
Introduction     61
Exclusion of Judicial Review     61
Ouster Clauses     63
Constitutional ouster clauses     66
Statutory ouster clauses     77
An attempt at a reconciliation?     82
Judicial Restraint     82
Authorities Amenable to Judicial Review     84
Protection against abuse of political power / mala fides     91
Habeas Corpus     94
The Administrative Justice Act of Barbados     100
Extent of Coverage of the Act     100
Application for Judicial Review     102
Grounds for Relief     103
Remedies     104
Persons Entitled to Relief     107
Interlocutory Applications, the Power of the Court to Refuse Relief and to Remit a Case     108
Acting in a Public Office     110
Habeas Corpus and the Attorney General's Relator Power     111
Administrative Procedures     112
Judicial Recognition     113
The Aja, the Crown and the Cabinet     114
Recent case law     117
Evaluation and Assessment     119
The Administrative Justice (Improvement) Act 1998 of St Lucia     121
Judicial Review Act 2000 of Trinidad and Tobago     121
The situation in Jamaica and the Eastern Caribbean      123
Summation     124
Legitimate Expectations of the Citizenry
The Rule of Law     129
Introduction     129
Accountability and the Executive Arm of Government     130
Accountability and the Legislative Arm of Government     136
Accountability and the Judiciary     141
Accountability and other State Institutions     142
Summation     149
Fundamental Rights and Their Protection     150
Introduction     150
Breaches of the Fundamental Rights Provisions     150
The Question of Locus Standi     160
Select Issues in Constitutional Law
Constitutional Fundamentals     169
Introduction     169
Separation of Powers     169
Meaning and purpose     169
Hinds and its import     170
The preferred meaning of the doctrine     172
Other residual issues     177
Conventions of the Constitution     178
Have conventions survived the constitutional text?     178
Codification of conventions in West Indian constitutions     181
Non-codified conventions     182
A West Indian perspective     182
Summation     184
The Public Service     185
The British Inheritance     185
The Establishment of the Public Service in West Indian Constitutions     186
The Functions of the Public Service Commissions     188
A Farewell to Dismissal at Pleasure?     191
The Nature of the Contract of Employment     196
The Role of the Public Service     198
A Loophole Against Depoliticisation     200
Safeguards of Judicial Independence     202
A Non-Traditional Approach     202
A Regional Court of Appeal for the Caribbean     204
The assisting and resisting factors to the CCJ     208
The Administration of Justice     211
Access and Alternative Dispute Resolution Methods     216
Select Issues in Administrative Law
The Ombudsman     221
The Establishment of the Office     221
Appointment, Removal and Vacation of Office     222
Functions of the Ombudsman     223
The Complainant     228
Procedure of Investigation     228
Findings     229
Evaluation     231
Postscript     233
Natural Justice and the Doctrine of Legitimate Expectation     235
Applicability and Scope      235
The Right to a Fair Hearing     239
The right to make representations     240
Notice of a charge and full particulars thereof     245
A right to legal representation?     247
Constitutional dimension to natural justice     250
Exceptions to the right to be heard     253
The Rule Against Bias     255
Financial interest     256
Non-pecuniary bias     257
Exclusion of the rule against bias     267
The Doctrine of Legitimate Expectation     267
Origins and evolution     267
A Caribbean approach?     275
Recent developments     279
Remedies     284
Introduction     284
The Public Law Remedies     286
Certiorari     286
Mandamus     288
Prohibition     290
The Private Law Remedies     290
Injunction     290
Declaration     291
Damages     292
Restitution     295
The Trend Toward Reform     295
Postscript     297
The Reform Process
Public Law Reform     301
The Constitution - A Promissory Note?      301
The Continued Expansion of the Role of Government     301
The impact of structural adjustment programmes     301
Constitutional law reform     302
Judicial Review - An Accelerator or a Brake on Governmental Policy?     305
The Crown in Caribbean Public Law     306
A Reinvigorated Public Service?     307
Accountability, Transparency and Official Secrets     308
Promotion of Non-Judicial Review Processes     309
An Administrative Appeals Process     310
Public Law/Private Law Divide     310
Access to Justice and Public Information     311
Campaign financing and funding of political parties     314
A Watchful and Vigilant Bar     315
Conclusion     315
Bibliography     317
Index     325
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