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PM in bid to replace Privy Council

Trinidad and Tobago's leader says her government hopes to stop sending criminal appeals to Britain's Privy Council.

Prime minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar says she intends the Caribbean Court of Justice to hear all her country's appeals in criminal cases.

She says her administration will introduce legislation so MPs can decide on the long-debated switch.

Her announcement did not give any deadline for action or mention civil cases.

The London-based Privy Council has long served as the highest court of appeal for many ex-British colonies. But it has frustrated governments by quashing death sentences.

So far only Barbados, Guyana and Belize have made the Caribbean Court of Justice their final court. Earlier this year, Jamaica's prime minister announced she wanted to drop the Privy Council.

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