- 12 April 2017
JUDICIARY OF TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
DEPARTMENT OF COURT ADMINISTRATION
Court Protocol and Information Unit
Hall of Justice Knox Street Port of Spain - Trinidad & Tobago
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Former Chief Magistrate Her Worship Marcia Ayers-Caesar, Attorney-at-law Kevin Ramcharan and former Magistrate Her Worship Avason Quinlan-Williams were today elevated to the High Court Bench after taking the oath of office as Puisne Judges of the Supreme Court of Judicature. The brief ceremony witnessed by The Honourable the Chief Justice, Judicial Officers of the Supreme Court and the friends and family of the newly sworn-in Judges took place at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday 12th April 2017 at the Office of the President in St Anns.
Addressing the gathering after the Puisne Judges took their oaths, The Honourable the Chief Justice Mr Justice Ivor Archie explained that the selection process for Judges is quite rigorous. He added the Legal Notice of April 13th 2000 makes it clear that seniority is not the only nor is it the governing factor in the selection of Judges. Chief Justice Archie noted that candidates must prove their professional competence and be of suitable temperament to be favourably considered. He indicated that candidates sit an examination to assess their legal knowledge and training, mature and objective judgement, intellectual and analytical ability, organisational skills and interest in the law. Psychometric testing by an independent provider is also conducted to gauge the suitability of temperament for the job. Further, detailed appraisals by referees and interviews are amongst the other tools utilised to assess candidates’ overall suitability. In congratulating the three new appointees to the Bench, the Chief Justice noted that the appointment of two Magistrates to the Bench signals that the Judiciary’s commitment to continuing education for its Judicial Officers is bearing fruit and noted that Mr Justice Ramcharan’s prior stint as an Assistant Registrar also augured well for him.
The following is a synopsis of the career background of the newly appointed Puisne Judges.
The Honourable Mme Justice Marcia Ayers-Caesar brings a blend of both private practice and extensive public sector experience to her new role. Having graduated with her Legal Education Certificate in 1986, Mrs Ayes-Caesar spent six years in private practice before appointment to the Magistracy in 1992. Within four years, she was promoted to the office of Senior Magistrate and later Chief Magistrate and holds the distinction of being the first female Chief Magistrate in Trinidad and Tobago. Vice Chair of the Steering Committee of the Drug Treatment Court in Trinidad and Tobago and Chair of the Juvenile Drug Treatment Court Committee, Mme Justice Ayers-Caesar has also been an Associate Tutor at the Hugh Wooding Law School. There, she trained students in Criminal Practice and Procedure. She has also facilitated the Basic Para-Legal Training Programme at Judicial Education Institute of Trinidad and Tobago.
A certified Mediator with the Mediation Board of Trinidad and Tobago, Mme. Justice Ayers-Caesar has also been a guest lecturer on Domestic Violence and other issues relating to women, family and children.
The Honourable Mr. Justice Kevin Ramcharan was admitted to practise in 1998. He began his career at the law firm of Matthew Ramcharan and Company as an Associate Attorney-at-law. In 2001 he assumed duties as an Assistant Registrar and Deputy Marshal at the Supreme Court of Trinidad and Tobago, sitting in the Registrar’s Court. In the Registrar’s Court he heard summonses for directions, taxing Bills of Costs, hearing Judgement summonses and other chamber court applications under Order 32 Rule 18 of the Rules of the Supreme Court. He also supervised work of the various Registries of the Supreme Court, managed the performance of staff and advised members of the public and Attorneys-at-law of the relevant Court procedures. He was the first Assistant Registrar to be appointed to the Family Court Pilot Project in 2004 and was later appointed to the Family Court Committee in 2008.
Mr Justice Kevin Ramcharan retuned to private practice in August 2008 having joined the Marie de Vere Chambers headed by Mr. Reginald Armour S.C. He served as counsel in a wide array of matters comprising criminal, commercial, employment, civil and public law.
The Honourable Mme. Justice Avason Quinlan-Williams was called to the bar over twenty-three (23) years ago and for the last sixteen (16) years has held the office of Magistrate in the Summary Courts where she served in all thirteen Magisterial Districts in the Criminal, Family and Petty Civil Courts. She has presided over many criminal cases including indictable preliminary enquiries and has maintained an excellent record at the Court of Appeal. While presiding as a Magistrate, she designed and implemented innovative processes geared towards advancing the cause and delivery of justice including devising and implementing a case flow system for the firearm’s court.
She is the holder of an Executive Masters in Business Administration with Distinction from the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business and is currently in the final stages of reading for a Doctor of Business Administration, in the same institution. Her research involves advancing the role of the Caribbean Court of Justice in its original jurisdiction, the constitutionalizing of the Caribbean Legal System and the development of Community Law.
A Fellow of the Commonwealth Judicial Education Institute and a Board Member of the Judicial Education Institute of Trinidad and Tobago, Mme. Justice Quinlan-Williams has been involved in the planning and execution of continuing education for Judicial Officers and other stakeholders working in the administration of justice. She has also been trained by the United States of America National Association of Judicial Educators.
She is a member of a number of associations including the Commonwealth Magistrates and Judges Association, the Caribbean Association of Judicial Officers, the International Association of Women Judges, the Caribbean Association of Women Judges, the Trinidad and Tobago Association of Women Judges and the Magistrates Association of Trinidad and Tobago.
The Judiciary of Trinidad and Tobago welcomes our newly appointed Puisne Judges and extends our best wishes for their future success.
For further information, kindly contact:
Ms. Alicia Carter-Fisher
Court Protocol and Information Manager
Telephone: (Mobile) 297-1074 (Office) 627 9744