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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.