New resident High Court Judge officially sworn into office

The approval of Ward’s appointment was firstly given by the Judicial and Legal Services Commission of the Organization of the Eastern Caribbean States under the Chair of Chief Justice Janice Mesadis Pereira, DBE.

The Oath of Allegiance and Oath of Office were administered by Sir Tapley Seaton, the Governor General of the Federation.

In welcoming the new judge, Sir Tapley reminded the new judge of the importance of his position.

“It is a pleasure to welcome you on behalf of the people of St. Kitts and Nevis. I am sure that you would find us, a people who would be welcoming and who would extend all courtesies to you and your office,” said the Governor General.

Sir Tapley continued, “The role of a high court judge is a very important one in our system and so, certainly, we welcome your contribution. We have seen your excellent record of achievement in terms of your past undertakings both in Trinidad and Tobago and the Cayman Islands and we look forward to you coming and contributing to our jurisprudential development.”

Ward, swore to be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, her heirs and successors according to law. He also swore to well and truly serve Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as a High Court Judge of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (ECSC).

He expressed his gratitude to the Governor General, as well as officials, for the warm and hospitable stay he has been experiencing since his arrival.

“I am delighted to be in the Federation,” High Court Judge Ward said, adding, “I can assure the community that I intend to dispense justice impartially and with integrity, and I look forward to being of service to the residents and citizens of the Federation.”

Ward takes up the post, which became vacant after Trinidadian Justice Marlene Ida Carter resigned as High Court Judge effective August 15, 2016. Carter was sworn in as resident judge for St Kitts on June 30, 2014.

He has had experience working in the high offices of the judicial systems in his home country Trinidad and Tobago and the Cayman Islands.

He served the government and people of the Cayman Islands as Director of Public Prosecutions from November 2011 to December 2014 and also as a Senior Crown Counsel in November 2007 to October 2011.

Prior to him working in the Cayman Islands, he was Senior State Counsel in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions in Trinidad and Tobago. A post he held from 2003-2005.

Justice Trevor Ward, Q.C, is a graduate of the University of the West Indies (UWI) and the Hugh Wooding Law School, Trinidad. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.); Bachelor of Laws (Hons.) and a Legal Education Certificate.

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