He was sworn in at a ceremony at Government House in Barbados by Governor General Dame Sandra Mason last Friday where CCJ President Justice Adrian Saunders said Burgess emerged as a successful candidate from a “rigorous, competitive, merit-based process”.
“His appointment is richly deserved,” Justice Saunders said, adding that he had studied judgments delivered by the Barbadian judge throughout his eight years in the Court of Appeal.
“I have been impressed by Andrew’s breadth of knowledge, by the high quality of his writing skills and by his attention to detail. He will be a most welcome addition to the CCJ Bench as he brings with him a tremendous amount of experience, both as an eminent member of the academic community and as an appellate judge.”
Justice Burgess was selected from a field of 18 applicants by the Regional Judicial and Legal Services Commission (RJLSC), an independent ten-member Commission, comprised of a group of distinguished persons from all over the region.
In his remarks to the gathering, the new CCJ judge said: “I am aware that the CCJ is perhaps the most important post-independence regional initiative. In my view, the CCJ has so far established itself as an exemplary Caribbean institution. I am also aware that to protect and build upon this is not for the faint-hearted”.
Justice Burgess became a Court of Appeal Judge in 2010 in Barbados. He was previously a Dean of the Faculty of Law at The University of the West Indies’ Cave Hill campus and a Professor of Corporate and Commercial Law. He also had a distinguished career internationally as a judge of the Inter-American Development Bank’s Administrative Tribunal in Washington DC. Justice Burgess was the body’s Vice-President in 2007 and 2009 and served as President from 2009-2010. He is also a judge on the World Bank Administrative Tribunal, having been appointed in 2013. In 2017, he was elected by his fellow Judges to be the Vice President of the tribunal.
His appointment fills the vacancy left by the elevation of Justice Saunders to the post of CCJ President in July 2018. The RJLSC will also soon announce the appointment of another judge selected during the same process, to succeed Justice David Hayton, who will be retiring in July 2019.