The Honourable Mr. Justice Peter Jamadar
The Honourable Mr. Justice Peter Jamadar was sworn in as a Judge of the Caribbean Court of Justice in July 2019. He obtained his Bachelor of Laws degree, UWI (Hons) in 1982 and his Legal Education Certificate from the Hugh Wooding Law School, St. Augustine in 1984. In 1984, he was admitted to the Bar of Trinidad and Tobago. On 15 September 1997 he was appointed a Puisne Judge of the High Court, and on 1 October 2008 he was elevated to the Court of Appeal of Trinidad and Tobago.
Prior to this, he was in private practice as an Attorney-at-Law in Chambers with his father Vernon Jamadar from 1984 to 1991, and a partner in the firm Jamadar and Kangaloo from 1991 to 1994. From 1994 to 1997, Justice Jamadar attended the University of Toronto, Canada and obtained the degree of Master of Divinity (First Class). He is a former President of the Assembly of Southern Lawyers and former Executive Member of the Law Association of Trinidad and Tobago.
In June 2004, Mr Justice Jamadar completed the Commonwealth Judicial Education Institute’s (CJEI) Intensive Study Programme for Judicial Educators and he became a Fellow of the CJEI; he is now Vice President (Programming) and a Faculty member of the CJEI. He also holds a Certificate in Training Judicial Trainers from the University College London Judicial Institute (2015). He is deeply involved in judicial education and training nationally, regionally, and internationally. He is also involved with the United Nations Global Integrity Network in the development of a Global Social Media Protocol for judicial officers; and regionally in indigenous research on Mindfulness as an aid to judicial integrity and performance. Mr Justice Jamadar is the current Chairman of the Caribbean Association of Judicial Officers (CAJO) and serves on several of its sub-committees. He is also a certified Transpersonal Psychologist (2007) and a certified Mediator (2011).
Mr Justice Jamadar has written two books: “The Mechanics of Democracy” 1989, Inprint Ltd, and “Democracy & Constitution Reform in Trinidad and Tobago” (with Dr. Kirk Meighoo) 2008, Ian Randle Publishers Ltd.
He has also written numerous articles and authored various publications relating to law, including: “Women and the Law”, in Why Not a Woman? 1993, Paria Publishing Co. Ltd.; “Sabbatical Leave for Judicial Officers, the Case for, in Trinidad and Tobago”, West Indian Law Journal, Vol. 33, May & October, 2008, Nos. 1 & 2; “Art and Techniques of Adjudicating, Uncovering the Artistry of Adjudication”, West Indian Law Journal, Vol. 35, May, 2010, No. 1; “Access to Justice, Pathway to Peace: Constructing Sustainable Civilizations”, CJEI Report, Newsletter of the Commonwealth Judicial Education Institute, Winter 2010; “The Triumphs and Trials of Judicial Education in a Small Jurisdiction”, IOJT Journal, Issue 5, 2016 (with Kent Jardine, Judicial Educator, JEITT); “Securing Equality for All”, (with Dr. Dylan Kerrigan, Elron Elahie and Torri Sinanan) 2017, Judicial Dialogue, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad; “The Role of the CPR Judge”, (with Kamla Jo Braithwaite) 2017, JEITT/Paria Publishing Co. Ltd.; “Proceeding Fairly: Report on the extent to which elements of Procedural Fairness exist in the court systems of the Judiciary of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago”, (with Elron Elahie) 2018, JEITT/Paria Publishing Co. Ltd.; and “Procedural Fairness A Manual: A guide to the implementation of Procedural Fairness in the court systems of the Judiciary of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago”, (with the JEITT Publications and Research team) 2018, JEITT/Paria Publishing Co. Ltd.
Mr Justice Jamadar served on several committees while at the Judiciary of Trinidad and Tobago, including the Rules Committee of the Supreme Court (2002-2019); the Bench Bar Committee (2008-2019); and the Judicial Research Counsel Management Committee (2010-2019). He was the fourth Chairperson of the Judicial Education Institute of Trinidad and Tobago (JEITT), having been appointed in 2009. He served as such until 2019. He has been a leader in the development and roll out of a Gender Protocol for the Judiciary of Trinidad and Tobago (2018), and throughout the region.
Mr Justice Jamadar was sworn into the Bench of the Caribbean Court of Justice on 4 July 2019 and officially assumed duties on 15 July 2019. He now serves on several CCJ court appointed committees. He is committed to research and evidence based developmental initiatives in the law and justice sectors, and has a passion for the indigenous advancement of Caribbean jurisprudence.