Lorraine Williams appointed Supreme Court Judge!
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!