Monday, December 18, 2017

Archie welcomes new Supreme Court judge


“well-qualified”: Justice Althea Alexis-Windsor, right, is congratulated by President Anthony Carmona after she was sworn in as a judge of the Supreme Court of Judicature, at the Office of the President yesterday. Looking on is Chief Justice Ivor Archie. —Photo: CURTIS CHASE

Mark Fraser

 THE judiciary yesterday welcomed its newest member, Justice Althea Alexis-Windsor, after she was ap­pointed a judge of the Supreme Court of Judicature by President Anthony Carmona.

Carmona appointed Alex­is-Windsor, a Supreme Court judge, during a brief ceremony at President’s House, St Ann’s.

In his congratulatory speech, Chief Justice Ivor Archie said Alexis was well-deserving of the appointment, based on the extent of her qualifications.

In a media release, the judiciary said: “Madame Justice Alexis-Windsor comes to the judiciary with considerable experience in the legal profession, both locally and internationally. 

“She served in the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in various capacities between 2004 and 2013, including appeals counsel, trial attorney and assistant trial attorney in the Office of the Prosecutor, Arusha, Tanzania. 

“During 1997 to 2004, she was also a defence attorney in private practice in Trinidad and Tobago, as well as state prosecutor in the Office of the Director of Pub­lic Prosecutions, where she held positions of State Counsel I and acting Senior State Counsel. She also served as director of the Human Rights Unit of the Office of the Attorney General.”

Archie said given the number of people charged with criminal offences before the High Court and the need to have those matters dealt with in a timely manner, Alexis-Windsor would be serving as a Criminal Court justice.

The release further sta­ted Alexis-Windsor is the hol­der of a LLB from the Uni­­versity of the West Indies (UWI), the Certificate of Legal Education from the Hugh Wooding Law School, St Augustine, and a LLM (mag­na cum laude) in the internationalisation of crime and criminal justice from the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands.