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High Court judge, Justice Brian Cottle in a January 2023 photo.
High Court judge, Justice Brian Cottle in a January 2023 photo.

Vincentian judge, Justice Brian Cottle will retire as High Court Judge of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (ECSC) with effect tomorrow, Thursday, May 9.

The retirement was announced to lawyers in St. Vincent and the Grenadines via an email, a copy of which was obtained by iWitness News.

Cottle’s retirement ends a career as a judge that spanned 17 years.

Cottle graduated from the University of the West Indies with a Bachelor of Laws in 1985.

He then graduated with a Legal Education Certificate from Hugh Wooding Law School, Trinidad and Tobago in 1987.

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Cottle was called to the bar in Trinidad and Tobago that same year and in his home country three years later.

He worked in private practice in Trinidad from 1987 to 1990 before working in the Attorney General’s Chambers in St. Vincent and the Grenadines from 1990 to 1999.

He then worked in the Attorney General’s Chambers in Montserrat from 2000 to 2002 and in Antigua and Barbuda, also in 2002.

He was appointed a master of the ECSC from 2002 to 2007, becoming a judge in 2007.

Justice Cottle has also worked as a judge in St. Lucia and Dominica.

The email also announced that Dame Janice M. Pereira retired as Chief Justice of the

ECSC with effect from May 4 and that Justice Mario Michel has been appointed to act as Chief Justice of the ECSC from May 5 to Sept. 4.

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