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Jamaican judge Ricardo Sandcroft reappointed to Belize Bench

Posted: Thursday, March 30, 2023. 1:21 pm CST.

Photo Credit: Jamaica Gleaner

By Aaron Humes: High Court Justice Ricardo O’Neil Sandcroft continues on the Bench after being reappointed in February.

The judge told his home nation’s Jamaica Gleaner that “I am happy and humbled to be appointed for a second time and with God’s guidance I will continue to do my best to administer justice in a fair manner.”

First appointed in 2022, Sandcroft is working in the Criminal Jurisdiction, based in Belize City.

Sandcroft specializes in child and family law and children’s rights and was the legal officer at Jamaica’s Child Development Agency, currently the Child Protection and Family Services Agency, from 2007 to 2011, representing many minors who were charged with sexual offences. He was very vocal about the welfare of the nation’s children and was always calling for mechanisms to be put in place to make sure that they get the early intervention and assistance they need so they do not end up facing criminal charges before the court. Sandcroft worked directly with the Child Protection and Family Services Agency, Office of the Children’s Advocate and the Children’s Court to revise child protection laws in accordance with international standards.

After leaving CDA in 2011, he was awarded the Fulbright Humphrey Fellowship to the University of Minnesota Law School to study human rights. On his return to Jamaica in 2012, he went into private practice while also lecturing on human rights with an emphasis on child rights in the Faculty of Law at the University of Technology, Jamaica.

He was most recently a Master/Judge in 2020 at the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court.

He graduated from the Norman Manley Law School in 2005 and was appointed a clerk of the courts from 2006 to 2007.


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