SVG’s very own President of the Caribbean Court of Justice, Justice Adrian Saunders has received the honorary doctorate of Law during UWI Cave Hill campus graduation on Saturday (October 20).

The CCJ President received his Bachelors of Law from the University of the West Indies in 1975 and a Legal Education Certificate from the Hugh Wooding Law School in Trinidad and Tobago in 1977. UWI chose to recognize Justice Adrian for his many accomplishments as a Judge and also gave him the honor of guest speaking at their graduation’s diner. Justice Saunders spoke on behalf of his fellow graduand Professor Ebenezer Oduro Owusu, vice chancellor of the University of Ghana, and professor of entomology at the Department of Animal Biology and Conservation Science.

In his speech made that night Justice Adrian stated, “I am most appreciative of this honor that The UWI will bestow upon me, and I am incredibly humbled and honored by this recognition. I will accept it gratefully on behalf of my parents and siblings, my family, my colleagues at the CCJ, and all the people I have worked with who have all contributed to my success. I would be remiss if I did not also mention the role that The UWI has played in my success. My years at UWI gave me a depth of knowledge and a foundation that I am indebted to the institution for. Those years also provided me with mentors, life-long friends and many fond memories.”

Saunders was appointed a judge of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (ECSC) in 1996 and worked his way up from there. He became a High Court Judge in 1997 and from 1997 to 2001 served as a judge in Montserrat and Anguilla. In 2001, he began serving as a judge in Saint Lucia. In 2003, Saunders became a Justice of Appeal of the ECSC and in 2004 he became the acting Chief Justice of the ECSC, succeeding Dennis Byron. As Chief Justice, he was the supreme judicial officer of the courts of Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, the British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. In 2005, he was appointed as a judge of the Caribbean Court of Justice and stepped down from the ECSC. Justice Saunders became the Chairman of the Caribbean Association of Judicial Officers in 2009, a position which he holds to date. In April 2018, he was appointed to the Advisory Board of the Global Judicial Integrity Network by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime’s (UNODC) Global Program for the Implementation of the Doha Declaration.

In July 2018, he was sworn in as the third President of the Caribbean Court of Justice by His Excellency, the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen, ON, GCMG, CD, KSt.J, Governor General of Jamaica at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, Montego Bay, Jamaica