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Thursday, 28 July 2011 00:00

Belize’s new Chief Justice Kenneth A. BenjaminOn Tuesday July 26th, Attorney General, Hon. B. Q. Pitts announced that there has been a new appointment to hold the seat of Chief Justice in Belize. Justice Kenneth A. Benjamin has been given the nod to take up the position of Chief Justice.

In a press release Justice Benjamin is described as being an experienced Judicial Officer and Attorney-at-Law with highly developed research skills and a profound knowledge of the laws of Commonwealth Caribbean States and Territories. He is a trained and accomplished Judicial Educator with first-hand experience in the application of case-management techniques and information technology to the art of judging.

Justice Benjamin graduated from Hugh Wooding Law School in 1977. He is a graduate of the University of the West Indies and has practiced at the Bar in Guyana. He has worked as a Magistrate and then Chief Magistrate in 1991– 1993 in Antigua and Barbuda.

He’s also held positions as a High Court Judge of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court as well as acted as a Justice of Appeal of the Court of Appeal of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court. His last undertaking before assuming his role as Chief Justice of Belize has been that of a practicing Judge of the Criminal Division of the High Court of Saint Lucia, a position which he held since September 2007. His judicial experience spans seventeen years.

Justice Benjamin has also been committed to the administrative improvement of the Court in his several undertakings as he has supervised the improvement of casemanagement and delay reduction procedure in the Criminal Justice System. He hasalso participated on committees for rule making and Civil Procedure review as well as executed the role of lecturer and facilitator of judicial officers and court personnel. Justice Benjamin is a Guyanese/Antiguan national and is married.

Justice Benjamin will take up office on September 15th, 2011 taking over from Acting Chief Justice Samuel Awich who was holding the position since the Chief Justice Dr. Abdulai Conteh retired in early January of 2010.