What do we know about Paula-Mae Weekes?

Date: 
Friday, January 5, 2018 - 11:45

One year ago, on February 1st, 2017, Justice Paula-Mae Weekes was being sworn in by Governor Dr. John Freeman as a judge of the Turks and Caicos Islands Court of Appeal. 

She was appointed to serve a three-year term that would take her to 2020. 

But it now appears that she will have to resign her position and return to Trinidad and Tobago to become this country's first female president.

Madame Justice Weekes is a former Justice of Appeal of the Judiciary of Trinidad and Tobago where she served for 11 years until her retirement in 2016.

She was appointed a Puisne Judge of the Supreme Court of Trinidad and Tobago (Criminal Jurisdiction) in 1996 where she presided for nine years before being elevated to the Court of Appeal.

Prior to her appointment to the Bench, Justice Weekes served with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions for eleven years and in private practice from 1993. 

In August 2012, the Judiciary announced Justice Weekes to act as Chief Justice in the absence of CJ Ivor Archie.

It was the first time that Justice Weekes performed the function of this office as she was the most senior of the appellate judges in the jurisdiction.

Justice Weekes was the fifth woman to be appointed a Judge of the High Court in Trinidad and Tobago.

She is a graduate of the University of the West Indies and the Hugh Wooding Law School at which she was the Course Director in Ethics from 2011-2016. 

Justice Weekes is a trained and experienced judicial educator having become a fellow of the Commonwealth Judicial Education Institute in 2000.

She has designed and delivered programmes extensively in Trinidad and Tobago and also in the OECS and Jamaica over the years.

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