A ceremonial sitting of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) in St. Vincent and the Grenadines will be the final in a series of events commemorating the Honourable Mr. Justice Adrian Saunders’ elevation to the office of CCJ President. The event will be held at the House of Assembly in Kingstown at 1 pm (AST), on Friday 20 July 2018, in Mr. Justice Saunders’ home country. This event will be broadcast live on the internet on the CCJ’s website at ccj.org.
The CCJ President stated, “it is with much anticipation that I return to my home country to preside at this first sitting of the CCJ in St Vincent and the Grenadines. While I am a son of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, I have become a true Caribbean man, living in so many of our nations and working for over two decades in service to the region. However, it is always a distinct pleasure to be recognized in the place that is your first home”.
Judge of the CCJ, the Honourable Mr. Justice David Hayton will moderate the event, as well as, make his own remarks. The Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr. the Honourable Ralph Gonsalves, MP, will head the list of speakers who will pay tribute to Mr. Justice Saunders. Other speakers include the Honourable Mme. Justice Dame Janice Pereira, DBE, Chief Justice, The Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court; the Honourable Mr. Jaundy Martin, Attorney General, St. Vincent and the Grenadines; the Honourable Mr. Jomo Thomas, Speaker of the House, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Mr. Reginald Armour, SC, Chairman of the Council of Legal Education, will make his presentation by video.
Those speakers will be joined by Ms. Jennifer Astaphan SAH, LLM, Deputy Chairman of the Regional Judicial and Legal Services Commission; Mr. Ruggles Ferguson, President of the Organization of Commonwealth Caribbean Bar Associations; the Honourable Ms. Rene Baptiste.
CMG, the President of the Bar Association of St. Vincent and the Grenadines; Mr. Parnel Campbell, QC, Attorney-at-Law at PR Campbell & Company; Senator the Honourable Kay Bacchus-Baptiste, Attorney-at-Law at Kay Bacchus-Baptiste Chambers; Mr. Sebastian Alexander, Director of Interactive Media and Mr. Stephen Mc A. Huggins, founding Partner of Saunders and Huggins. The CCJ President response will conclude the ceremonial sitting.