By Aaron Humes: According to a letter sent to Leader of the Opposition Moses “Shyne” Barrow, the Prime Minister intends to advise the Governor-General to appoint as Chief Justice of Belize Guyanese appeals court judge on the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, Louise Blenman.
If appointed, Justice Blenman would be Belize’s first fully-serving female Chief Justice, as current Chief Justice Michelle Arana has been held in an acting position. She would also be the second-consecutive Chief Justice of Belize to have come from Guyana, following Kenneth Benjamin.
The Senior Courts Bill is before the Committee in the House of Representatives; assuming its passage through the National Assembly, Justice Blenman would become the first Chief Justice of the re-structured High Court of Belize, presiding over both the High Court and Court of Appeal.
The letter notes that the Chief Justice’s appointment is on the recommendation of the Prime Minister to the Governor-General given after consultation with the Leader of the Opposition under the Constitution.
Justice Blenman has held multiple positions in Guyana and the Eastern Caribbean including Judge of its high court and Solicitor General as well being a law lecturer at the University of Guyana. She holds a Masters’ in Law degree from the University of London and has also served in private practice.