Published On: Wed, Jan 20th, 2016

Broader scope for Constitutional Court under consideration

judge-hammer1-courtPHILLIPSBURG, WILLEMSTAD - Sint Maarten MP Sarah Wescot Williams is entertaining thoughts about broadening the scope of the Constitutional Court. The delegation of Curaçao circulated a draft-initiative proposal from the PAIS-faction during the recently held Inter-Parliamentary Kingdom Consultation (IPKO) in St. Maarten that contains further-reaching fields of authority for the court.

Currently, St. Maarten is the only country in the kingdom that has a Constitutional Court. Curaçao and Aruba have suggested establishing a joint constitutional court for the three countries.

The Constitutional Court looks first and foremost at legislation passed by the parliament and its possible conflicts with the constitution. Currently, the Integrity Chamber-legislation is under review. The Constitutional Court holds a session about this particular issue on Friday at the courthouse in Philipsburg.

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