13th March, 2018
BASSETERRE, St. Kitts (KYSS FM) – Vincentian, Hon. Justice Dudley Saunders will soon assume the mantle of President of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), from Kittitian-born Rt. Hon. Sir Dennis Byron.
After a competitive merit-based process, Justice Saunders was officially appointed to the position following the last Heads of Government of CARICOM meeting held in Haiti on February 26th and 27th 2018.
His appointment as president will take effect from July 4th 2018.
Outgoing President of the CCJ, Sir Dennis Byron said, “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 encyclopedic knowledge of the law tempered by things Caribbean.”
Justice Saunders, who will become the third President of the CCJ, is Chairman of the Caribbean Association of Judicial Officers (CAJO) and Course Director of the Halifax-based Commonwealth Judicial Education Institute.
Justice Saunders also co-authored the book, Fundamentals of Caribbean Constitutional Law.
He acquired a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of the West Indies (Cave Hill) in 1975 and the Legal Education Certificate from the Hugh Wooding Law School in Trinidad & Tobago in 1977 after which he was called to the Bar in St. Vincent & the Grenadines that same year.
Justice 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. Mr. Justice Saunders was appointed a Judge of the CCJ in 2005.