Dominica. Illegal adoptions became a debated issue during the year. The issue was brought to the attention of, among others, representatives of the organization ChildFund, which warned that adoptions of children brought from Dominica to the French-controlled Martinique and Guadeloupe become a profitable business for those organizing the business. According to the organization, it is mainly children of the indigenous population who are adopted illegally.
In July, Dominica’s parliament voted to make the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ; Caribbean Court) the nation’s highest court. The decision meant that CCJ replaced the British Court Judicial Committee of the Privy Council, based in London. CCJ was established in 2001 and is the legal institution of the Caribbean Community of Caribbean Community (CARICOM).
In late July, the opposition Labor Party (UWP) decided to boycott the work in Parliament in protest of the party’s Senator Danny Lugay being suspended from Parliament. Lugay was suspended after being indicted for soliciting a murder for Alick Lawrence, a lawyer and one of the members of the country’s election commission. However, Lugay, who apologized for his statement, was not considered a threat to Lawrence and released to bail.
According to Countryaah.com, Dominica population in 2020 is estimated at 71,997. The December parliamentary elections, like the recent elections, became a battle between Dominica Labor Party (DLP) and United Worker’s Party (UWP), and like five years earlier, DLP stood as the winner. However, the number of seats for the ruling party fell slightly, from 18 to 15, which meant that the UWP increased from three to six seats in Parliament. The result also meant that Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit could remain in his post.