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Belize to join Caribbean Court of Justice, leave colonial-era British Privy Council

BELIZE CITY (AP) — The government of Belize says it will stop sending appeals cases to the colonial-era British Privy Council starting June 1.

The order announced by the office of Prime Minister Dean Barrow brings Belize's appeals processes into line with the country's constitution.

The Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice will hear all Belize court appeals filed after May 31.

Barrow's office said Tuesday the change is "a major landmark" for the nation.

The London-based Privy Council long served as the highest court of appeal for many former British colonies. But many of those nations are removing themselves from the jurisdiction of the council, which is made up of members of Britain's House of Lords.

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