CCJ welcomes Mr. Justice Peter Jamadar to the Bench

The Hon. Mr. Justice Jamadar takes the oath of office as he is sworn in as Judge of the
Caribbean Court of Justice.

The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) welcomed its newest judge, the Honourable Mr Justice Peter Jamadar, to its Bench on Thursday, 4 July 2019.

After being sworn in by Her Excellency, Ms Paula Mae-Weekes, President of Trinidad and Tobago in Port of Spain, Mr Justice Jamadar in a stirring speech stated, “Today I take up a seat on the CCJ. I am both proud and humbled. For any Caribbean jurist or legal practitioner, one of the pinnacle achievements must be, to sit as a judge of the CCJ. It is at once an office of great status and of even greater service.”

President of the CCJ, the Honourable Mr Justice Adrian Saunders, noted during the ceremony that Mr Justice Jamadar’s appointment marked the culmination of a competitive process, conducted by the Regional Judicial and Legal Services Commission, the independent body responsible for selecting and appointing staff of the Court.

“The Commission did not only consider the respective qualifications, experience and skill sets of the applicants,” Mr Justice Saunders pointed out. “As mandated by the Agreement Establishing the CCJ, the Commission was also obliged to consider the applicants’ moral character, their intellectual and analytical ability, the soundness of their judgment, their integrity, and their understanding of people and society.”

Justice Saunders also welcomed Mr Justice Jamadar, remarking that “his judgments are erudite and well reasoned. They demonstrate a high intellect, a deep understanding of Caribbean society, and an abiding sense of fairness. Unsurprisingly, several of these judgments have been cited with approval by judges of both the CCJ and the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council.”

Mr Justice Jamadar previously served as a Judge of the Appeal Court of Trinidad and Tobago. He is the Vice President (Programming) and a Faculty member of the Commonwealth Judicial Education Institute (CJEI) and Vice-Chairman of the Caribbean Association of Judicial Officers (CAJO). He is also a certified Transpersonal Psychologist and a certified Mediator. He has written two books and numerous articles and authored various publications relating to law.

Mr Justice Jamadar will officially assume office on 15 July 2019. He succeeds the Honourable Mr. Justice David Hayton who will be retiring from the Court after 14 years of service. Judges of the CCJ are appointed to hold office until the age of seventy-two, while the President of the Court holds office for a non-renewable term of seven years.

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  1. Gouvelma
    July 6, 2019

    Where are those who were claiming that we need to cut the umbilical cord from mother England? Where are those who believe that we should be independent? I am not being racist. I am simply pointing that at some point in time we will have all whites on the CCJ. Politics and race will soon dictate the composition of the CCJ. Sadly our governme t has sold us into a court that they believe will save them from their corrupt acts against the state. I reiterate my point that we, the Caribbean as a whole, are not ready for CCJ. We would be better served by the Privy Council. Please tell me the ethnicity and nationality of this new justice. Surely he is not of the same pigmentation as me.

    • Ibo france
      July 8, 2019

      Gouvelma, these are your words- “Please tell me the ethnicity and nationality of this new justice.” Really? Is this a grave concern of yours? Sorry to inform you that all the justices of the Privy Council are of the purest of Caucasian blood and all are from the UK. How many of the decisions that have been handed down by the CCJ have been considered aberrations? The members of the Privy Council know so little of our culture, history, our idiosyncrasies. Your trust in these foreign justices and your distrust of one of our own Caribbean justices seems paradoxical. When will we ever disabuse ourselves of the notion that foreign is always better? Are we going to forever rely on foreign entities to dictate our future?

    • Annon
      July 8, 2019

      His name sounds east Indian or Pakistani to me. That isn’t white though he may have been educated in the UK.

    • WeNiceMan
      July 9, 2019

      The man is Indo-Trinidadian. What are you talking about? And what if he was white? He is West Indian. And a great legal mind at that. We’re lucky to have him join the court

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