Lor­raine Wil­liams ap­pointed Supreme Court Judge!

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL - By Rick Wayne

Awriter could de­velop carpal tun­nel syn­drome putting to pa­per the list of in­flu­en­tial po­si­tions for­merly as­so­ci­ated with Lor­raine Wil­liams. Suf­fice it to say, she is now the only Saint Lu­cian fe­male to have served in all three branches of gov­ern­ment: the leg­is­la­ture, the ex­ec­u­tive and the ju­di­ciary.

She has been an at­tor­ney gen­eral and gen­der af­fairs min­is­ter, a se­na­tor and a dis­trict court mag­is­trate. And now, as of 1 Jan­uary 2015, when her lat­est ap­point­ment takes ef­fect, Lor­raine will of­fi­cially be Jus­tice Wil­liams—a high court judge of the East­ern Caribbean Supreme Court.

For many through­out the re­gion and else­where who have with in­ter­est closely fol­lowed her ca­reer, the lat­est news per­tain­ing to the for­mer pres­i­dent of the Saint Lu­cia Bar As­so­ci­a­tion will come as no great sur­prise. Some might mis­chie­vously say it was as in­evitable as, well, VAT.

Her stint as an act­ing judge based in St. Kitts-Ne­vis con­firmed her as a tal­ented no-non­sense ju­rist. Among the first mat­ters over which she presided was a much-dis­cussed rape. The per­pe­tra­tor was sentenced to 13 years be­hind bars, at a time when there is good rea­son to say our courts and gov­ern­ments have been soft on crime, rape in par­tic­u­lar: the ap­peal court has in re­cent times re­duced more than one sen­tence. So far, that handed down by Wil­liams stands!

Then there was her widely dis­cussed prece­den­tial li­bel mat­ter in­volv­ing a mem­ber of the elec­toral staff in St. KittsNe­vis and a for­mer gov­ern­ment min­is­ter.

An un­yield­ing de­fender of women’s rights, Wil­liams, when she was Saint Lu­cia’s at­tor­ney gen­eral, shook the na­tion to its roots with her pub­lic state­ment that wife bat­ter­ers were un­de­serv­ing of pub­lic of­fice. It had made no dif­fer­ence to her that the bat­terer in ques­tion was a cam­paign­ing Cab­i­net col­league!

More about this one-of-akind daugh­ter of Saint Lu­cia in a fu­ture is­sue. In the mean­time, on be­half of all who wish her well in her new po­si­tion, the STAR con­grat­u­lates the lat­est ad­di­tion to the East­ern Caribbean Supreme Court!

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