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Jul 10, 2017

Eamon Courtenay Named Temporary Judge of Eastern Caribbean Appeal Court

Eamon Courtenay

The Court of Appeal of the Eastern Caribbean began sitting today in the British Virgin Islands. It did so with a newly appointed judge – Senior Counsel Eamon Courtenay. News Five understands that Senator Courtenay was recruited by Dame Janice Pereira, the Chief Justice of the Eastern Caribbean, to sit as a temporary Judge on the Court of Appeal. Courtenay was sworn in today in ceremonies in Tortola before other Court of Appeal judges and immediately started sitting. The B.V.I. is a major offshore jurisdiction. Most of its cases are complex commercial cases from around the world arising from transactions that use B.V.I. Trusts and BVI International Business Companies.  In speaking with Courtenay by phone today, he said “I was honoured that the CJ thought I would be a suitable candidate to sit on the Court of Appeal. There is a lot of work here, very complex cases, and I am happy to assist the region by serving as a court of appeal judge.” According to Courtenay, a substantial part of his litigation practice here in Belize deals with offshore cases originating in Russia, Asia, Ukraine and other countries which has prepared him to sit in B.V.I. With his appointment, there are now three Belizeans serving in the Eastern Caribbean – Justice Godfrey Smith on the High Court in Saint Lucia and Justice Denys Barrow on the Caribbean Court of Justice.

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