The Regional Judicial and Legal Services Commission (the Commission) is inviting applications for appointment as a Judge of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ). With regard to the age of applicants it should be noted that the normal age of retirement for CCJ Judges is 72.
The following persons are eligible for appointment:
- A judge who has served for 5 years or more in a court of unlimited jurisdiction in civil and criminal matters in a Contracting Party or in some part of the Commonwealth or in a civil law jurisdiction.
- A person who has been engaged as a practitioner or teacher of law for not less than 15 years in a member state of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) or in some part of the Commonwealth or in a civil law jurisdiction.
In making appointments to judicial office, the Commission is required to have regard to the following criteria: high moral character, intellectual and analytical ability, sound judgment, integrity and an understanding of people and society.
Jurisdiction of the CCJ
The CCJ exercises two types of jurisdiction:
- a general appellate jurisdiction in civil, constitutional and criminal matters from those Member States of CARICOM which adopt the CCJ as their final court of appeal (at present Barbados, Belize, Dominica and Guyana);
- a compulsory and exclusive original jurisdiction to interpret and apply the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas for all the Member States of CARICOM.
Information on the establishment of the Caribbean Court of Justice can be obtained from the ‘Agreement Establishing the Caribbean Court of Justice‘. A Guideline for Applicants has also been prepared for persons wishing to apply for the position of Judge. Applicants are then required to complete our Application Form for submission to the email addresses provided in the Guidelines. These documents can be accessed via the following links:
Deadline: Wednesday 10th August 2016 at 4:00 p.m. Atlantic Standard Time
The Regional Judicial and Legal Services Commission: Constituted under the Agreement Establishing the Caribbean Court of Justice.