The Regional Judicial and Legal Services Commission
RJLSC Commissioners 2020
L to R (Back then Front): Mr. Michael Somersall DSM; Dr. Francis Alexis PhD QC (Deputy Chairman); Mr. Delano Bart QC;
Mr. Elton Prescott SC; Mr. B. St. Michael Hylton OJ QC; Hon. Mr. Justice C. Dennis Morrison, (Ret’d) OJ CD QC;
Hon. Mme Justice Yonette Cummings-Edwards OR CCH Chancellor; Hon. Mr. Justice Adrian Saunders (Chairman);
Ms. E. Ann Henry QC; Mrs. Susan Branker Greene MSc
The Regional Judicial and Legal Services Commission (“the Commission”) was established pursuant to Article V(1) of the Agreement Establishing the Caribbean Court of Justice (“the Agreement”) executed by the Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community on the 14th day of February 2001. By virtue of the deposit of Instruments of Ratification or Accession in accordance with Article XXXIV, by three Member States of the Caribbean Community, this Agreement entered into force on the 23rd day of July 2003.
The composition of the Commission as set out in Article V(1) of the Agreement is as follows:
(a) the President who shall be the Chairman of the Commission;
(b) two persons nominated jointly by the Organisation of the Commonwealth Caribbean Bar Association (OCCBA) and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Bar Association;
(c) one chairman of the Judicial Services Commission of a Contracting Party selected in rotation in the English alphabetical order for a period of three years;
(d) the Chairman of a Public Service Commission of a Contracting Party selected in rotation in the reverse English alphabetical order for a period of three years;
(e) two persons from civil society nominated jointly by the Secretary-General of the Community and the Director General of the OECS for a period of three years following consultations with regional non-governmental organisations;
(f) two distinguished jurists nominated jointly by the Dean of the Faculty of Law of the University of the West Indies, the Deans of the Faculties of Law of any of the Contracting Parties and the Chairman of the Council of Legal Education; and
(g) two persons nominated jointly by the Bar or Law Associations of the Contracting Parties.
The first members of the Commission were appointed on 20th August 2003.