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Government Offers Female, Former Judge as Candidates for Presidency.

Government Offers Female, Former Judge as Candidates for Presidency.

The Government’s nomination for the post of President of Trinidad and Tobago is Court of Appeal Judge, Justice Paula Mae-Weekes.
Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister, Stuart Young made the revelation at a press conference following a meeting between the Government and the Opposition.

 

Minister Young says at the meeting, the opposition didn’t put forward any nominees for the post of President of Trinidad and Tobago and will by Monday say if it agrees with the Government’s nomination or put forward one of their own.
However he revealed that neither the Government nor the opposition had suggested that current President, Anthony Carmona’s term be extended.

 

Justice of Appeal Paula Mae Weekes, retired from Trinidad and Tobago’s Court of Appeal in 2016 after serving in that role for eleven years.
In September of that year she was appointed to serve as a judge of the Turks and Caicos Islands Court of Appeal where she is serving a three year term after being sworn in, in February of 2017
She was appointed a p-yoo-knee 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.

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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