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South African judge explains why Manuel Chang has been denied bail


A South African court denied bail Friday to Mozambique’s ex-finance minister Manuel Chang, who has been held in a Johannesburg jail since December under an arrest warrant issued by the United States.

The 63-year-old Chang – still serving as an MP – was arrested at Johannesburg’s O.R. Tambo International Airport on 29 December thanks to a US extradition request over his alleged involvement in $2 billion of fraudulent loans to state firms.

Mozambique has also issued an extradition request for Chang on suspicion of financial misconduct. He has made several court appearances in South Africa to challenge his detention, and on Friday, a court in Kempton Park near Johannesburg refused him bail.

“I cannot concede bail to the applicant as it would…

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Judge Dweynie Paul speaks of challenges, successes in Family Court


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Dweynie Esther Paul is a Kings County Civil Court Judge currently presiding in Queens County Family Court.

Judge Paul, who was born in Queens, currently resides in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.

For more than 12 years, Judge Paul has practiced law throughout New York City and New York State.

In 2015, she became the first Haitian-American to be elected a Civil Court judge in the State of New York.

Judge Paul is the first generation in her family to be born in the United States; her mother is from Port-de-Paix (north Haiti), and her father is from Port-au-Prince, the Haitian capital.

In an exclusive Caribbean Life interview, Judge Paul tells of her challenges and successes in sitting on the bench in family court….

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Justice Hinds-Radix: Maintain road Judge Thompson paved


Justice Sylvia Hinds-Radix with husband Dr. Joseph Radix (holding her right hand) and other relatives and friends.

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Noting that the legal community was saddened by the recent death of Judge William C. Thompson, Sr., Brooklyn Associate Justice Sylvia Hinds-Radix says it’s “important that we maintain the road that Judge Thompson paved.”

“It is our jobs as judges and members of the bar to ensure that our judiciary reflects the people who come before it,” said Barbadian-born Justice Hinds-Radix in delivering her acceptance speech last Thursday after the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) honored her, with its Trailblazer Award, during its 142nd Annual Meeting at the New York Hilton Midtown, midtown Manhattan….

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SVG ex-teachers honor Judge Emille Cox


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Judge Emille Cox with officials and dignitaries, including Consul General, Howie Prince (far right).

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As they seek to honor those whose ideals they cherish, the Brooklyn-based St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) Ex-Teachers Association of New York on Sunday bestowed special honor on retired Vincentian Judge Emille Cox.

Cox’s honor, at Grand Prospect Hall in Brooklyn, was part of the gala 36th anniversary celebration of the group and came on the day preceding the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. public holiday in America.

“Over the years, we have honored leaders, teachers, doctors, lawyers, families, organizations and even institutio­ns,” said Dr. Herman Ambris, a St. Vincent and the…

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Newest CCJ judge sworn in


Justice Andrew Burgess, formerly a Justice of Appeal in Barbados’ Court of Appeal, became a Judge of the CCJ in a dignified ceremony at Government House in Barbados on Friday, Jan. 18.

Justice Burgess was sworn in by Dame Sandra Mason, the Governor-General of Barbados.

The President of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), Justice Adrian Saunders, also gave remarks welcoming the newest CCJ Judge to the Bench.

Justice Saunders, speaking of Justice Burgess’ appointment, noted that from a “rigorous, competitive, merit-based process,” Justice Burgess emerged as a successful candidate. “His appointment is richly deserved. Since he has been, over the last eight years, a judge of the Barbados Court of Appeal. Throughout those eight years I have had occasion to study his…

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African judge to discuss judicial independence


January 11, 2019

African judge to discuss judicial independence

by Pete Rosenbery

 CARBONDALE, Ill. — Judicial appointments and threats to an independent judiciary in the African nations of Botswana, South Africa and Swaziland will be discussed at the SIU School of Law later this month.

Honorable Professor Justice Oagile Bethuel Key Dingake will present the 2019 Beatty Jurist-in-Residence lecture at 5 p.m. Jan. 29 in the Hiram H. Lesar Building Courtroom at SIU Carbondale.

“Appointment of Judges and the Threat to Judicial Independence: Case Studies from Botswana, Swaziland, South Africa and Kenya” is free and open to the public.

During his week at the law school, Dingake (Dee-nya-keh) will visit classes and meet with faculty.


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