Vincentian jurist, Justice Adrian Saunders has been named to succeed Sir Denis Byron as President of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ).

The announcement was made by outgoing President of the Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), Sir Dennis Byron on Friday at the 10th Annual CCJ International Law Moot Competition that was won by the Jamaica-based Norman Manley Law School.

Justice Saunders, a national of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and a former acting Chief Justice of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, has been serving at the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) since its inception on April 16, 2005.

The 64-year-old judge is of a quiet disposition with an enormous appetite for research.

He did a tremendous job in training magistrates, judges and judicial officers and was actively involved and worked along with Sir Dennis in implementing the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR).

During the past decade Justice Saunders was engaged in seminars and discussions on the importance of judicial independence and the important role the regional court can play for a Caribbean jurisprudence.

Justice Saunders replaces Kittian Sir Dennis Byron who took over from Trinidadian Michael de La Bastide.

Although the CCJ was inaugurated 12 years ago only four countries, Guyana, Barbados, Belize and Dominica have accepted the Court as their final Appellate Court. The CCJ however serves all Caricom member states in interpreting the Treaty of Chaguaramas.



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