After nearly 13 years of service to the Commonwealth of Dominica as the country’s resident judge in the civil section, Judge Birnie Stephenson’s tenure in this jurisdiction officially came to an end on July 15, 2022. However, the Guyanese-born will be replaced by her fellow barrister and countrymate, Justice Jacqueline Josiah-Graham.
In making the announcement, Secretary of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court Judicial and Legal Services Commission, Carlos Cameron Michel, disclosed that Justice Josiah-Graham’s appointment will take effect on September 1, 2022.
The Guyanese-born is the Registrar and Marshal of the Caribbean Court of Justice and was appointed on July 1, 2014.
Before her service in the area of law, Mrs Josiah-Graham’s professional career started in the business field.
She holds a degree of Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Management Studies from the University of Guyana in 1992 and a degree of Master of Business Administration (MBA) with specialization in the area of Finance from the University of Manchester, the United Kingdom, in 2004. This academic success served well in her tenure in the finance and banking sector of Guyana where she gained significant experience in management and finance. She was also an Assistant Lecturer at the University of Guyana.
According to the CCJ Academy for Law, her transition to law was initiated in the year 2004 when she began the academic journey for the Bachelor of Law (LL.B) degree from the University of Guyana. While there, she was awarded the Chancellor’s Medals for Best Third Year Student and Best Graduating Law Student.
Mrs Josiah-Graham who also attended the Hugh Wooding Law School also received top honors for her Legal Education Certificate and her performance in the areas of Legal Drafting and Civil Procedure and Practice.
In Guyana, she worked in private practice with the firm, Interlaw Consultants and then as a lawyer with the Guyana Revenue Authority before moving to the Judiciary of Guyana. At the Judiciary, she held the positions of Legal Assistant to the Chancellor of the Judiciary and Registrar of the Court of Appeal of Guyana.
As Registrar and Marshal of the CCJ, Mrs Josiah-Graham assumed the role of Chief Administrator of Operations and held primary responsibility for the court’s financial management.
Justice Stephenson, notably, was one of Dominica’s longest-serving judges.
She was assigned to Dominica in October 2009, following her appointment by the Judicial and Legal Services Commission of the Caribbean Community to be a High Court Judge of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court.
Justice Stephenson will now perform duties in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.