Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Roger Hamel-Smith reappointed to JLSC


‘LEGAL PEDIGREE’: Roger Hamel-Smith

Mark Fraser

 President Anthony Carmona has reappointed retired Court of Appeal judge, Justice Roger Hamel-Smith as a member of the Judicial and Legal Service Commission (JLSC), a news release from the Office of the President said yesterday.

The JLSC is responsible for appointing the country’s judges, magistrates and other legal officers. 

Hamel-Smith was first appointed to the commission in 2011 by former president George Maxwell Richards. 

Hamel-Smith has acted as Chief Justice of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago on no fewer than 16 occasions during the tenure of the last three Chief Justices, the news release said.

Justice Hamel-Smith is from a family “possessing impeccable legal pedigree”, the news release said.

His grandfather founded the family law firm of M Hamel-Smith & Co in 1908, which continues to operate today.

After completing the required examinations in the United Kingdom, Hamel-Smith was admitted to practise as a solicitor in Trinidad and Tobago in May 1969. 

He was made a judge in 1987, and three years later, he was elevated to the Court of Appeal.