Nevisian chosen to take over top judicial post in OECS court

CHARLESTOWN, Nevis, April 29, 2008 – Nevis-born Hugh Anthony Rawlins has been nominated to take over the position of Chief Justice of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (ECSC), effective today.

He will however act in the position until his appointment is confirmed.

Justice Rawlins, who has been an ECSC Appeal judge since will take over from outgoing Acting Chief Justice, Sir Brian Alleyne.

On the heels of the announcement, legal advisor in the Nevis Island Administration, Patrice Nisbett said the legal luminary would serve well in his new position.

“I believe that he brings a fine judicial mind to the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court in the top position of Chief Justice. He exemplifies what hard work can do and what one can achieve by working very hard in the field of endeavour that one chooses in life,” Mr Nisbett said..

“Mr Rawlins joined the judiciary of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court in 2000 and it only took him about eight years within which to be elevated to the position of Chief Justice.  To me this is an indication of the quality of Mr Rawlins as a judicial official of the courts.”

Mr Nisbett said the occasion was a landmark for the people of Nevis.

He also expressed the hope Justice Rawlins’ promotion would serve as inspiration for young people of St. Kitts and Nevis.

“I would hope that this elevation would inspire not only the lawyers in Nevis and in St. Kitts but also the young people in our country that whatever one sets ones mind to, one can certainly achieve that,” he said.

The ECSC was established in 1967 and is a superior court of record for the nine-member Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS).

The functions of the Court are to interpret and apply the laws of the various member states of the OECS; to decide cases of both civil and criminal matters and hear appeals.