Mr. Othneil R. Sylvester, a native of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, is a practicing Barrister at Law.
After embarking on a career in the teaching profession that spanned the years 1948 to 1956, Mr. Sylvester switched careers when he enrolled with the City of London College, University of London, to read for a degree in law.
In 1958, Mr. Sylvester was awarded First Class Honours with a distinction in Public International Law. That year he graduated from the Inns of Court (Inner Temple) Law School with Second Class Honours.
He was called to the Bar of England in 1958 and to the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Bar the following year, 1959.
Mr. Sylvester was a former Speaker of the House of Assembly (1966-1968); a former Member of Parliament and Minister of Government from 1972 to 1974; and a former Director of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (1984-1986).
After distinguishing himself at the Bar for a period in excess of twenty-six (26) years, Mr. Sylvester was appointed one of Her Majesty’s Counsel in 1985.
During the period 2001 to 2002, Mr. Sylvester acted as a High Court Judge of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court.