Saturday 24 October, 2020

7 things to know about T&T's first female President

From all indications, Trinidad and Tobago will be electing its first female President next Friday. 

Following deliberations by both Government and Opposition, just one nominee has been named - retired Justice of Appeal Paula Mae Weekes. 

Here are a few things you should know about the President-designate: 

1. Justice Paula Mae Weekes is a former pupil of the Bishop Anstey High School, and a graduate of the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, and the Hugh Wooding Law School.

2. She was called to the Bar in 1982 and entered private practice a little over a decade later. 

3. In 1996, Weekes became the fifth female judge in Trinidad and Tobago's High Court. 

4. She was elevated to the Court of Appeal in 2005 where she served for the next 11 years. She retired in 2016.

5. In February 2017, she was sworn-in as a justice of appeal in the Turks and Caicos Islands for a three-year term.

6. For an eleven-day period in August 2012, Weekes acted as the Chief Justice (CJ) when Acting CJ Wendell Kangalloo was injured in a vehicular accident. 

7. The retired Justice of Appeal is single and has no children. 

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