Canada abolished appeals to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in 1949 (although the last Canadian case – Ponoka-Calmar Oils Ltd v Earl F Wakefield Co, [1960] AC 18 – to go to London wasn’t actually decided until 1959). Australia followed suit in 1986, New Zealand in 2003. Commonwealth members of the Caribbean Community have decided to set up a Caribbean Court of Justice to hear final appeals, although it isn’t fully operational. This has left the poor old Board with a shadow of its former imperial jurisdiction, hearing appeals from the likes of Antigua and Barbuda, the Channel Islands, Mauritius (of which more in its place) and South Georgia, plus some domestic UK stuff like ecclesiastical appeals and professional discipline cases involving veterinarians.

But now in a weird development, the Privy Council will be in a position to hear appeals from Honduras as a result of a constitutional deal between that country and PC-attorning Mauritius. Honduras – not even a Commonwealth country – plans to set up special enterprise zones in order to attract foreign investment, which will be governed by Mauritian law, with the result that appeals in cases originating in Honduras may find their way to London.

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