Justice Adrian Saunders
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PORT OF SPAIN − Tomorrow, the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) will see a change in leadership from the Sir Dennis Byron to the CCJ’s third President, Justice Adrian Saunders. The transition will take place as a part of the activities before the 39th Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) in Montego Bay, Jamaica. The event will be live-streamed so that the public can also experience the event.
In March of this year, it was announced that Justice Saunders, after an exhaustive international search, would be appointed as president of the court. He has been a Judge at the CCJ since 2005 and has contributed immensely to the administration and judicial functions of the Court.
Justice Saunders is also the chairman of the Caribbean Association of Judicial Officers (CAJO) and the Course Director of the Halifax-based Commonwealth Judicial Education Institute’s CJEI’s Intensive Study Programme. He is also one of the Institute’s directors. Justice Saunders has also co-authored the book, Fundamentals of Caribbean Constitutional Law and is a contributor editor of the Caribbean Civil Court Practice. In April 2018, he was appointed to the Advisory Board of the Global Judicial Integrity Network by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
He worked with Sir Dennis at the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court and was later reunited with him in 2011 when Sir Dennis was appointed president of the CCJ.
Justice Saunders paid tribute to Sir Dennis’ tenure at the CCJ, “to say that his impact is immeasurable is not hyperbole. During the period that Sir Dennis was president of the Court, we went from attorneys having to courier voluminous files to the CCJ, to filing by email and now full e-filing. The final two judgments that Sir Dennis delivered – one on presidential term limits for Guyana and the other, which struck down mandatory death penalties in Barbados, are testament to the kind of far-reaching and forward-thinking decisions that were made during his tenure”. Sir Dennis will also be in Jamaica to attend the inauguration ceremony for Justice Saunders.
The CCJ will also host two special sittings of the court to commemorate its new president. The first will take place at the CCJ, on Friday, July 13. The second special sitting takes place in Justice Saunders’ home country of St Vincent and the Grenadines on Friday, July 20 at the House of Assembly in Kingstown. (PR)