BASSETERRE, St. Kitts & Nevis: Nevisian-born Chief Justice of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (ECSC), Hugh Anthony Rawlins, was recently knighted by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II with the Order of the Knight Bachelor.
The honour was published in the London Gazette on Tuesday, March 27, and took effect from the date of publication.
Judicial officers and the administrative and support staff of the ECSC extended warm and heartfelt congratulations to Sir Hugh on his elevation to the Order of Knighthood.
Sir Hugh began his career in public service as a graduate secondary school teacher, assistant secretary, department head and acting permanent secretary prior to becoming a legal practitioner.
He later held the offices of crown counsel, registrar of the high court and magistrate; solicitor general in St. Kitts & Nevis; and lecturer in the Faculty of Law at the University of the West Indies.
Sir Hugh joined the ECSC in August 2000 as a master to assist with the implementation of the New Civil Practice Rules, 2000. He was appointed as a high court judge in January 2002 and elevated to the Office of Justice of the Court of Appeal in September 2005.
He acted in the Office of Chief Justice of the Court from April 2008 and was confirmed in the Office of Chief Justice by Her Majesty, the Queen, on the unanimous recommendation of the heads of government of the nine member-states of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States on May 30, 2008.
Sir Hugh is married to Lady Claudette Rawlins of Barbados. They have two daughters, Claire Buckland and Dara-May Maynard, and one granddaughter, Arianna Buckland.