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Former DPP appointed judge

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Victoria Charles-Clarke

Victoria Charles-Clarke

Victoria Charles-Clarke, Saint Lucia’s former Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) has been appointed a High Court judge, sources confirmed with St. Lucia News Online (SNO) on Monday.

Charles-Clarke who started retirement in March 2016, severed as DPP for over 12 years.

She had hopes of becoming a judge with the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ).

The former DPP had said her passion about reforms in the justice system is one of the main reasons why she wanted to pursue a career at the CCJ, which currently serves as the appellate court for four countries.

SNO understands that the Saint Lucia Bar Association was notified of the appointment on Monday.

An official from the Legal and Judicial Service Commission also confirmed the appointment.

Charles-Clarke served as a Magistrate at District Courts in Saint Lucia from 1992-1997. She later became the Registrar of the Supreme Court and served almost three years in that position. In 2002, she was appointed DPP and remained in that position until her retirement this year.

She holds a bachelor of law degree (LL.B, LCE) from the University of the West Indies (Cave Hill Campus) and a Legal Certificate in Education from the Hugh Wooding Law School.

It is not clear when her appointment becomes effective but she will add to the current crop of judges that will help to clear the backlog of cases, which the new government said it would like to see addressed.

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15 comments

  1. From local DPP to CCJ justice would be quite a stretch. Let her cut her teeth on some real issues. She has time on her side.

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  2. great job vic. go for it girl. the desruisseaux girls are really going for up the ladder. do not forget to remain humble at all times ask god the wisdom to act on any case fairly

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  3. It's an alleged political appointment. She must be barred from sitting on any case that commenced while she was a DPP for conflict of interest and obvious bias.

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  4. Judge not.

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  5. Is that a politoval appointment?

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  6. I wonder what Stanley Felix is up to. When some want to see you fall the almighty's ways will always prevail.....

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  7. Let's see how she will handle a ORC case.

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  8. Congratulations to Mrs. Charles. However I have serious concerns about the actual or apparent bias position that Legal and Judicial Service Commission has put you into, dispensing justice in a territory where you served as DPP. It would be prudent for the legal and judicial Service Commission focus on creating the environment whereby on can perceive that there is fairness in all legal proceedings in St. Lucia.
    There are several positions that should be avoided after leaving certain offices. An ex politician should at all cost avoid coming on the bench for these same reasons.
    So, the issue in dispensing is whether a fair-minded and informed observer (the average man), having considered the relevant facts, would conclude that there exists a real possibility that they will be biased. The bias requires consideration of a “possibility”. The Legal and Judicial Service Commission is aware this principle is deeply rooted with the policy of the common law and our constitution.
    Firstly, there maybe bias that results from something that happened or existed before the case comes to court. Examples of this might be that the judge was related to one of the parties, that they had previously acted as a lawyer for one of the parties or that they had connections with some organisation that might favour one of the parties. And then there is bias that arises during the course of the proceedings. This maybe a situation where, because of decisions made or things said earlier in the case, the judge appears to have pre-judged an issue. I think this kind of bias, particularly in the form of apparent bias. Where earlier rulings have gone against a party. It is all too easy for the many you have successfully prosecuted or those who got away on a technicality to assume that you have formed a biased opinion against them and that therefore future rulings will also go against them.
    We need to save the system from being in disrepute and it would be in the interest of justice and a right to a fair hearing both criminal and civil. We already have a squatter DPP and with all respect save ST. Lucia the legal rumble. (making of a failed state)

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  9. Great Congrats my dear ....... the sky is your limit
    There is a special gentle man who is smiling I remembered him asking Have you made judge yet more than once. Love that Love you

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  10. That's what she was about all along.

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  11. Congratulations.I know you will do a great job.

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