The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) is scheduled to swear in its 3rd President, the Justice Adrian Saunders, on July 4, replacing current president Sir Dennis Byron.
The transition will occur as part of the official activities preceding the much anticipated 39th Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community, or Caricom, in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Hosted at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, the event, which is scheduled to take place from July 4 to 6, will be live-streamed for the general public.
It was announced in March that Justice Saunders would be appointed to the Presidency of the CCJ. He's been a judge at the Court since 2005 and has contributed immensely to the administration and judicial functions of the regional institution.
Justice Saunders also serves as Chairman of the Caribbean Association of Judicial Officers, or CAJO. He is also the Course Director of the Commonwealth Judicial Education Institute's CJEI's Intensive Study Programme and has co-authored the book, Fundamentals of Caribbean Constitutional Law and is contributing editor fo the Caribbean Civil Court Practice.
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime appointed him to the advisory board of the Global Judicial Integrity Networks in April.
Justice Saunders received a Bachelor of Laws degree from the Universtiy of the West Indies (Cave Hill) and a Legal Education Certificate from the Hugh Wooding Law School in Trinidad and Tobago.
Finding ways to integrate young people into Caricom best will take center-stage at the organization's 39th Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government.
“We need the youth with us. We need to provide them with more information so that they can advocate on behalf of the community. This is not about the Caricom Secretariat; this is about building a community for all of us so that all our peoples can benefit,” said Caricom's Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque.