Retiring Chief Justice Gets Knighthood

A release emanating from the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, confirmed that “Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, has been graciously pleased to confer the honour of Knighthood upon His Lordship the Honourable Chief Justice, Hugh Anthony Rawlins by the Award of the Order of the Knight Bachelor.”

The release further stated that the award, which was published in the London Gazette on Tuesday, 27th March, took effect from the date of publication.

In outlining the details of Sir Hugh, it was revealed that he joined the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court as a Master, in August 2000, having had a career of public service as a Graduate Secondary School Teacher; Assistant Secretary; Head of Department and Acting Permanent Secretary prior to becoming a legal practitioner. Subsequently, he held the offices of Crown Counsel; Registrar of the High Court and Magistrate; Solicitor General in St. Kitts and Nevis; and Lecturer in the Faculty of Law at the University of the West Indies.

He joined the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court in August 2000 as a Master to assist with the implementation of the New Civil Practice Rules, 2000. He was appointed as a High Court Judge in January 2002 and was elevated to the Office of Justice of the Court of Appeal in September 2005. He acted in the Office of Chief Justice of the Court from 29th April 2008, and was confirmed in the Office of Chief Justice by Her Majesty, the Queen, on the unanimous recommendation of the Heads of Government of the nine Member States of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean on May 30, 2008.

Sir Hugh is a national of St. Kitts and Nevis. He is married to Lady Claudette Rawlins, a national of Barbados. They have two (2) daughters, Mrs. Claire Buckland and Mrs. Dara-May Maynard, and one grand-daughter, Arianna Buckland.


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