His Lordship, the Hon. Justice Davidson Kelvin Baptiste has been appointed by the Judicial Services Commission as Acting Judge of the Supreme Court of the Turks and Caicos Islands from 1st February, 2023 to 30th April 2023. His Lordship is expected to be sworn in the week of 13th February.
Justice Baptiste was born in the Commonwealth of Dominica and was admitted to practice in Dominica in 1984 after being called to the Bar in the Commonwealth of Dominica in 1984 and in the British Virgin Islands in 1993.
His Lordship is a graduate of the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, where he obtained his Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) degree and a Master of Laws (LL.M) from the University of Wales. His Lordship obtained his Legal Education Certificate from the Hugh Wooding Law School in Trinidad and Tobago.
Prior to joining the bench, his Lordship served as the State Attorney of the Commonwealth of Dominica from 1984 – 1986. From 1986-1993 his Lordship served the government and people of the British Virgin Islands as Crown Counsel, Senior Crown Counsel, Additional Magistrate, Acting Registrar of the High Court and Acting Attorney General.
Upon returning to the Commonwealth of Dominica his Lordship practiced privately before returning to the public service in 1995-1998 where he served in various capacities including Director of Public Prosecutions and Solicitor General.
From 1997-1998 His Lordship joined the Bench of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court as acting High Court Judge assigned to the island of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
After serving the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court for a year, as an acting High Court Judge His Lordship returned to private practice from 1999 to 2001.
In May 2010 His Lordship was appointed as judge of the Court of Appeal of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court after acting in the post from April 2009 to April 2010.