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1999 Meeting of Commonwealth Law Ministers and Senior Officials

Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, 3–7 May 1999 Vol. 2

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Commonwealth Law Ministers and Senior Officials from 42 jurisdictions met in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, 3-7 May 1999. This is the second of two volumes containing most of the Memoranda prepared for the meeting, together with the Agenda and the Communiqué.

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Access to Justice – the Rule of Law and the Legal System

National constitutions and treaties concerned with human rights (such as the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights) are based on two assumptions: (a) that all persons within the jurisdiction concerned must be able to benefit from human rights provisions; and (b) that national courts have a role to play when individuals suffer action that erodes or ignores their human rights. Under many Commonwealth constitutions, the High Court or Supreme Court has a special responsibility for protecting human rights, including a power to provide appropriate relief for breaches of such rights even if this goes outside the usual remedies available from the court.

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