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Saint Lucian appointed High Court judge in Anguilla

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Justices Mathurin (left) and Richard Innocent. Photos credit: The Anguillian newspaper

(SNO) — Saint Lucian, Justice Shawn Innocent, has been sworn in as acting High Court judge to serve in the Anguilla Circuit of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court.

His appointment came following the retirement and departure of Justice Cheryl Mathurin, who also is a Saint Lucian.

Innocent, who served as a magistrate in the British Virgin Islands, took the oaths of appointment and allegiance before Governor, Tim Foy, OBE, in the Executive Council’s Chambers late last month.

Media reports from Anguilla stated that he will act as High Court judge in Anguilla until July this year, pending a later decision.

This will be his first stint as a High Court judge but has been in the legal profession for about 24 years.

Justice Innocent (left) taking his oath before Governor Foy

Mathurin, who Innocent is replacing, served a resident judge in the Anguilla High Court for six years.

Before that she worked as Crown Counsel in the Attorney General Chambers in St. Lucia, then a magistrate, and later a master in the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court.

Govern Foy said he was sorry to see Mathurin go but was happy to see Innocent taking her place.

Justice Mathurin with family members

“We wish him well and I know that he will be well-served by the staff in the court. They are very good and I expect him to continue on that good Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court tradition of complete impartiality and separation of powers,” newspaper, The Anguillan, quoted him as saying.

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