Fellow Guyanese replaces Justice Birnie Stephenson as Dominica’s High Court judge

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.

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  1. Bwa-Banday
    July 22, 2022

    DNO thanks for sharing. However, f you get a chance when giving her the first interview please ask her IF she is also a Cougar. I am asking because a young lady who told me there was another Guyanese Judge coming and she was afraid of losing her now young stud to her because she already lost one to “a former Guyanese” while here in Dca. Let’s help put the young lady fears away souplay :mrgreen:

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  2. Langlou
    July 21, 2022

    I am only hoping that this judge will dispense justice fairly and do not make the political directorate corrupt her fair judgement.
    We had a very unfair judge who indulge herself in matters of Dominican politics.
    We are watching

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  3. Toto
    July 21, 2022

    Let’s hope that the new broom will sweep clean. Anyway, I’m happy we having a change. When people serve too long they become stale and complacent and set in their ways.

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  4. Lin clown
    July 21, 2022

    Lennox Linton,leader of the parliamentary opposition and leader of theUWP is way more qualified than Justice Jacqueline Joaiah-Graham

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    • Imputing Improper Motives (IIM) the Baptist
      July 23, 2022

      Dat illegal immigrant, are you sure you meant Lennox or the honorary degrees handed or Skerro?

      Please you just stay in your basement and hide.

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  5. Ibo France
    July 21, 2022

    Good riddance! Bye Bernie

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      July 21, 2022

      People like you will find fault with everyone and everything.
      But please look internally. Is this because you are not satisfied with yourself?
      Try to be satisfied with yourself, accept your shortcomings, and be humble, and then you will learn to be happy with whatever state you are in. You will then think positively and will look at others and not selfishly at yourself to satisfy your I, me, myself ego.

      I have never seen you post anything positive – always criticizing.

      Learn to be objective and analyze and give suggestions.
      This is also for all the negative person whose hobby is to be political and who wants to vomit speech in a person’s mouth. Finally learn to respect positions and not look at the individuals.

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      • Ibo France
        July 23, 2022

        Take your self-righteous garbage to the landfill instead of dumping it on this forum.

        I have offered an abundance of positive suggestions. DNO can readily provide the irrefutable proof. Placing Roosevelt and his unprincipled disciples’ ills in the public domain is not negative.

        If a man gives to the poor; offers scholarships to needy students; gives hampers to unemployed families; but at the same time he steals from government. If I only point to the good things this man does, and ignores thi wrongdoings, I would be lying by omission.

        Finally, Roosevelt and his loyal servants have morally damaged and disrespected the OPM, parliament, the country’s image beyond repair. Point an accusing finger at them. Thou HYPOCRITE!

        Post Script: You and DNO trying to humiliate me won’t work. Try as hard as both of you want, it won’t happen. Truth always prevails over lies and evil.

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        • Man bite dogs
          July 25, 2022

          That comment really hurt you Ibo, you begging little bas***d

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  6. D/can to d bone
    July 21, 2022

    Welcome, but I hope you not here to be under the red orders. Do the right thing for the people. Protect our children they are our future otherwise fire upon you

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