CARDI is a member of the newest CARICOM organisation, the Caribbean Community Administrative Tribunal (CCAT). The CCAT was launched in Barbados on February 17, 2020 at the Caribbean Examinations Council Headquarters. Staff of the community organizations who are members of CCAT are now provided with a forum to settle disputes after exhausting their internal resolution processes. The establishment of the CCAT is being hailed as a progressive move since most CARICOM institutions enjoy immunity in the national courts.
The Tribunal will be based at the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) in Trinidad. Five judges: President, Patterson Cheltenham (Barbados); Lisa Shoman (Belize); J. Emile Ferdinand (St. Kitts and Nevis, Commonwealth of Dominica); Dancia Penn (The British Virgin Islands); and Westmin James (Trinidad and Tobago) were sworn at the launch by Adrian Saunders, Chairman of the Regional Judicial and Legal Services Commission Justice.
In his address Justice Saunders said “The tribunal provides enhanced access to justice for staff members of CARICOM institutions, and it is therefore with a deep sense of pride and satisfaction that we witness today’s launch.” Barton Clarke, CARDI Executive Director urged institutions to network and share best practices so that human resource issues can be dealt efficiently internally.
CCAT held a competition for the design of its logo. It was opened to all staff of CARICOM Institutions and Associate Institutions. The winning logo designed by Ms Dionne Hunte, a Graphics Illustrator at CXC was unveiled at the launch.