Supreme Court Judges


Hon Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin
The Hon. Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin is a national of Guyana and Antigua. He received his legal training from the University of the West Indies and the Hugh Wooding Law School in Trinidad and Tobago. He returned to Guyana where he practiced privately. He also served as a Magistrate and Assistant Judge Advocate for the Guyana Defence Force. He has served on the Court of Appeal in the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court sitting in both St. Lucia and St. Vincent. He also served as the Presiding Judge for the Criminal Division of the High Court in St. Lucia. He has served as a High Court Judge in Antigua, British Virgin Islands and Grenada. He served as Chief Magistrate in Antigua and Barbuda. He was appointed as Chief Justice of Belize on September 15, 2011. He is a member of the Commonwealth Magistrates and Judges Association, a former Rotarian and a former cricket executive in Antigua. The Hon. Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin is a Fellow of the Commonwealth Judicial Education Institute.

 

Hon Madam Justice Minnet Hafiz       
Justice Hafiz-Bertram is a Guyanese-Belizean national. She received her legal training from the University of Guyana and the Hugh Wooding Law School in Trinidad and Tobago. She was then admitted to private practice in Trinidad and Guyana. She later served as a Crown Counsel at the AG Chambers in Belize for several years and later as Registrar General of the Supreme Court of Belize. Justice Hafiz-Bertram was appointed a Supreme Court Judge in Belize in December, 2006.

 

Hon Justice  Troadio Gonzalez
Justice Gonzalez is a national of Belize. He received his Bachelors of Law from the University of the West Indies and Certificate in Legal Education from the Norman Manley Law School in Jamaica. He has held positions such as Crown Counsel for the DPP’s Office, Director of Public Prosecution and Chief Magistrate and also Acting Chief Justice. He also did a stint at Crown Prosecutor office in England. He was also a member of the Advisory Committee for UWI’s School of Continuing Studies and a lecturer at University of Belize. He also assisted in spearheading the para-legal program at the University of Belize. Justice Gonzalez was appointed a Supreme Court Judge on April 1, 1993.

 


Hon Justice  Herbert Lord
Justice Herbert Lord is a Belizean national. He received his legal training from the University of the West Indies (UWI) (LLB-Honors) and the Norman Manley Law School in Jamaica. Justice Lord also obtained a Certificate in Public Administration from UWI in 1976. He has held appointments of Senior Magistrate, Chief Magistrate, and Justice of the Supreme Court. He enjoys reading, cycling and dancing. Justice Lord was appointed as a Supreme Court Judge in Belize on January 1, 2007. Justice Lord holds the rank of Commander of the British Empire (CBE).

 


Hon Madam Justice Michelle Arana
Justice Arana is a Belizean national. She received her legal training from the University of the West Indies and the Norman Manley Law School in Jamaica. Justice Arana also holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in English and Masters of Law Degree (LLM-with Merit) in Commercial Law. She has held positions such as Magistrate, Crown Counsel in the DPP’s office, Legal Advisor to the Social Investment Fund and Registrar General of the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal in Belize. Justice Arana also has experience as an attorney in private practice for the Offshore Financing Consulting Firm. She has lectured in Business Law at the University of Belize and presented at international seminars on offshore finance in Belize. Social engagements by Justice Arana include membership in the National Women’s Commission and legal representative of Youth Enhancement Services. Justice Arana was confirmed as a Justice of the Supreme Court of Belize in 2006. She is also a Fellow of the Commonwealth Judicial Education Institute. She is also a recipient of the Alumni Achievement Award from SJCJC being recognized as someone who has fulfilled a high level of achievement throughout her professional career. Justice Arana was appointed a Supreme Court Judge on the January 1, 2006. Justice Arana is the Belize’s first appointed female judge.

 


Hon Justice  Oswell Legall
Justice Legall is a Guyanese national. He received his legal training from the University of the West Indies (UWI) and the Hugh Wooding Law School in Trinidad and Tobago. He also holds a Masters of Law Degree (LLM) in Public Law and Legislative Drafting. He has held appointments as Prosecutor in Guyana, Senior Crown Counsel in Tortola, Solicitor General in St. Lucia and High Court Judge in Guyana. He was also in charge of legislative drafting in the Turks and Caicos Islands and has also been in private practice. He enjoys jogging and listening to good music. Justice Legall was appointed as a Supreme Court judge in Belize on February 16, 2009.

 

Hon Justice Courtney Abel

Justice Courtney Ashton Abel is a national of Guyana, a British citizen and belonger of Anguilla. He migrated to the United Kingdom from an early age and completed his primary, secondary and tertiary education there in 1979.  He is a member of Inner Temple and was called to the Bar of England and Wales in February 1980. He has practiced privately on a broad range of matters in the UK, Anguilla and the Eastern and wider Caribbean and founded the law firm of Caribbean Associated Attorneys in Anguilla and St. Kitts.  He has appeared as lead Counsel in many complex civil and commercial matters in all courts including the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council. He was appointed an Additional Magistrate, Commissioner of Oaths and Notary Public in Anguilla.  He was twice elected and served as President of the Anguilla Bar Association, served as Secretary, Vice President and as President of the OECS Bar Association (of which he was elected an Hon. Life member), and as Treasurer and President of OCCBA (Organisation of Commonwealth Caribbean Bar Associations), as well as Vice President of the Anguilla Financial Services Association. He has been active in local community organisations, including The Rotary Club of Anguilla and on the Board of a private school.  Justice Courtney Abel was appointed to act as a Supreme Court Judge in Belize on October 22, 2012.

 


Hon Justice  Denis Hanomansingh
Justice Hanomansingh is a Guyanese national. He received his legal training from Queens University of Belfast Northern Ireland and was called to the Utter Bar at Honourable Society of Middle Temple in London. He has held appointments of Acting Magistrate, Senior and Principal Magistrate, Director of Public Prosecutions and High Court Judge in Guyana. He has also served as Principal Crown Counsel in the Solicitor General Chambers in Barbados. Justice Hanomansingh is also a member of the New York Bar. Justice Hanomansingh was appointed a Supreme Court Judge in Belize on December 6, 2010.

 


Hon Justice Adolph Lucas
Justice Lucas is a Belizean National. He received his training from the University of the West Indies and Certificate in Legal Education from the Norman Manley Law School in Jamaica. He has served as Crown Counsel and Senior Crown Counsel in the Director of Public Prosecutions Office. He has also served as Chief Magistrate, Director of Public Prosecutions and practiced law privately. Justice Lucas loves sports such as basketball, football, track and field. Justice Lucas was appointed a Supreme Court Judge in Belize on June 23, 2003.

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