BREAKING NEWS: CCJ Ruling: Shanique Myrie To Be Awarded $3.6m



Shanique Myrie on her way to court this morning. – Norman Grindley/Chief Photographer photo

Shanique Myrie on her way to court this morning. – Norman Grindley/Chief Photographer photo

The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) has ruled that Jamaican Shanique Myrie be awarded a total of Bds$75,000 or $3.6m Jamaican dollars.

The ruling by the six-member panel was delivered via a video conference in the Supreme Court.

The court declared that the Barbados government breached Myrie’s right to enter the country under article 5 of the revised treaty of Chaguaramas.

Myrie took the Barbados Government to the CCJ alleging that she was discriminated against because of her nationality when she arrived in Barbados on March 14, 2011.

The 25-year-old also claims she was subjected to a body-cavity search in unsanitary and demeaning conditions before being detained and deported the next day to Jamaica.

The Barbados Government denied the claims and argued at the hearing that the Jamaican woman had been untruthful to Immigration Department officials.

Its lawyers also contended that her testimony was contrary to what she had provided in statements to the Barbadian police.

Myrie wanted the CCJ to determine the minimum standard of treatment forCARICOM citizens moving within the region under the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas.

Myrie had asked the CCJ to award her almost US$500,000 in punitive damages for the treatment she received on her visit to Barbados.

She also wanted the regional court to award costs and special damages.


March 14, 2011 – Myrie travels to Barbados and was deinied entry after reported inhumane cavity search

January 12, 2012 – application filed to Caribbean Court of Justice after Jamaican and Barbadian authorities failed to arrive at a settlement.

February 17, 2012 – First case management hearing by video link from the Supreme Court to ensure all relevant documents were filed and the way the case should proceed.

April 20, 2012 – CCJ ruled that there was sufficient grounds for Myrie’s case to be heard.

September 27, 2012 – Jamaican government given permission by the CCJ to intervene in the hearing.

December 12, 2012 – During a case management conference by video link at the Supreme Court a trial date was set for the hearing to start March 4, 2013 in Jamaica to reduce expenses for Myrie.

March 4 to 6, 2013 – CCJ sits at Jamaica Conference Centre, Kingston, Jamaica to hear Myrie’s testimony.

March 18 and 19, 2013 – case resumes in Barbados where the Barbadian government presented its case.

April 8 and 9, 2013 – Final hearing at which the lawyers made submissions before the CCJ at its Headquarters in Trinidad.

October 4, 2013 – CCJ ruling handed down.


  1. well i hope she uses sum of that money and sue dem again ccuz that money was not enuff.

    but anyhow, any win against those nasty dutty ppl is a plus, so congrats miss myrie. mi glad u did tek dem to court an neva ease up.

    i am now hoping the three yute dem that were musicians who also got treated unfairly, will take those bastards to court too.

  2. Congratulations :selamat

    Please to spend you money right and invest in YU COUNTRY! Jamaica stood with you so nu badda run lef we cause you have some dollars. Remember…is when yu lef yu homeland dat your were treated as a lowly, mange dog and all have oman a sexually assault yu. Again, Congrats!

  3. xenophobia towards jamaicans is common place throughout the other small islands and haitians hate us especially……….but hey…….even if we haffi go court go prove it….di world done know say yardie no tek chat nor disrespect from nobody….

  4. Sorry she Neva get more money. But u know the judgement in her favour is a big deal for Caricom nationals. Cauz no caricom national should be deported if them Neva commit a crime. We supposed to enjoy free movement between member states. Dem feel har up, dem throw dutty word pon Jamaican and In The end she ask the court for not only money, but to declare that what they did to her is unlawful. And so they did, and we cannot overlook that, cauz it should change how dem deal wid Jamaicans and non bajans when we travel within the Caribbean

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