CCJ President designate appointed to UN International Judicial Board
PORT OF SPAIN – The in-coming President of the Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), Justice Adrian Saunders, has been appointed to the Advisory Board of the Global Judicial Integrity Network.
Saunders, 64, who will on July 4 become the third Caribbean national to head the CCJ, established in 2005 to replace the London based Privy Council as the region’s final court, was appointed to the UN International Judicial Board by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime’s (UNODC) Global Programme for the Implementation of the Doha Declaration.
The St Vincent and the Grenadines born jurist is also the Chairman of the Caribbean Association of Judicial Officers (CAJO).
The 10-member Advisory Board will help identify priority challenges and emerging topics in judicial integrity and assist judiciaries in addressing those challenges as they arise. Each of the Advisory Board members was chosen because of their active engagement in advancing judicial integrity.
A statement issued by the CCJ noted that the UNODC will also provide bilateral and regional technical assistance to support judiciaries in the development and implementation of strategies, measures and systems to strengthen integrity and accountability in the justice system.
The other members of the Advisory Board are from Croatia, Qatar, Brazil, Malaysia, Nigeria, Portugal, the President of the European Association of Judges, the Vice President of the International Association of Judges, the representative of the Commonwealth Magistrates and Judges Association, and the UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers. (CMC)