Justice Adrian Saunders is next CCJ president

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

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JUSTICE Adrian Dudley Saunders, a citizen of St Vincent and the Grenadines, has been appointed as the incoming president of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), the court has said.

His appointment takes effect on July 4, 2018.

The CCJ said, in a release yesterday, that the heads of government of Caricom made the appointment at its last meeting, held in Haiti from February 26-27, 2018, acting on the nomination of the Regional Judicial and Legal Services Commisison (RJLSC). The RJLSC had selected Justice Saunders after a competitive, merit-based process, the release said.

CCJ President Sir Dennis Byron is quoted as saying in the release: “Justice Saunders' appointment to be the incoming president of the court has been greeted with pleasure by the entire bench of the court. He has served with distinction and has exhibited qualities of excellence, sharp intellect, strong moral values, leadership skills, and encyclopaedic knowledge for the law tempered by things Caribbean.”

Saunders is chairman of the Caribbean Association of Judicial Officers and is the course director of the Halifax-based Commonwealth Judicial Education Institute, the CCJ said. He holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of the West Indies (Cave Hill) in 1975 and a Legal Education Certificate from Hugh Wooding Law School in Trinidad and Tobago in 1977. He was called to the Bar of St Vincent and the Grenadines in that same year.

The release said Saunders remained in private practice as a barrister and solicitor from 1977 until 1996, when he was appointed as a judge of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (ECSC). In 2003, he was confirmed as a justice of appeal of the ECSC and, one year later, he was appointed to act as chief justice of that court.

Saunders was appointed a judge of the CCJ in 2005, the release said.

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