New Justice Appointed to Bahamas Court of Appeal



Newly appointed resident Justice of the Court of Appeal of The Bahamas Christopher Blackman. (Photo/Peter Ramsay)

NASSAU, Bahamas – The Cabinet Office announced the appointment of Mr. Christopher Blackman, GCM, as a Resident Justice of the Court of Appeal of The Bahamas with effect from March 1, 2008.

Justice Blackman’s appointment was made under Article 99 of The Bahamas Independence Order (Constitution).

He joins the Rt. Hon. Dame Joan Sawyer (President) and the Hon. M.G. Ganpatsingh, the Hon. Emmanuel E. Osadebay and the Hon. Hartman Longley as Justices of the Court of Appeal of The Bahamas.

Mr. Justice Blackman was born in 1944 and is a citizen of Barbados.

He was admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Barbados in 1970. He became a partner in the law firm of Carrington & Sealy in 1971 and in 1987 was appointed Queen’s Counsel.

Justice Blackman acted as a Judge of the High Court of Barbados on a number of occasions between November 1996 and November 2000. From April 2001 to May 2003, he was a Judge of the Supreme Court of Belize. In June 2003, he was appointed a Judge of the High Court of Barbados.

Prior to assuming judicial office, Justice Blackman was active in the corporate community life of Barbados.

He served as an Independent member of the Senate of Barbados from 1986 to 1990 and as President of the Barbados Bar Association from 1983 to 1986.

Justice Blackman also served as Chairman of the Caribbean Council of Legal Education from 1985 to 1992 and Chairman of the Police Service Commission from December 1996 to April 2001.