Justice Anthony Thomas Aquinas Carmona S.C. has been announced as the government’s choice for President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.
Here is a profile of Justice Carmona.
He had a distinguished legal career.
Justice Carmona is a judge-elect of the International Criminal Court, a prominent post which he would now have to forego.
He was due to assume those duties on March 1.
Now, the esteemed jurist would become Trinidad and Tobago’s first citizen on March 17.
Justice Carmona would turn 60 on March 7, mere days before his inauguration.
He is currently a senior judge at the Supreme Court.
He boasts of a long and impressive resume and is held in high regard by his peers, judging from statements made at the Bar and elsewhere over the years.
He studied at Presentation College in San Fernando.
He later attended the University of the West Indies and Hugh Wooding Law School between 1973 and 1983.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree in English and Political Science from Mona, Jamaica and a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) degree from Cave Hill, Barbados.
In 1989, he became a Senior State Attorney. From 1994 to 1999, he was, at first, Assistant, and then Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions.
He was conferred with Senior Counsel status in 2000.
Mr. Carmona served for four years as a Senior Tutor in Government and Lecturer in the Department of Language and Linguistics, at UWI, St. Augustine.
As a prosecutor, he successfully led the case against then magistrate Patrick Jagessar for corruption.
Later, he was successful in a matter at the Appeals Court against a Justice of the Peace accused of corruption.
Several of the matters in which he was involved are reported in law books.
From 2001 to 2004, he was an Appeals Counsel at the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague in the Netherlands.
In 2004, Mr. Carmona was appointed a High Court judge at the local Supreme Court.
Last December 12, he was elected a judge of the International Criminal Court for a nine-year term.
He won the office in the first ballot of the Assembly of States Parties, made up of 119 countries.
Judges from 18 countries around the world had competed for one of six places on the ICC. Justice Carmona was the Caricom’s nominee.
Justice Carmona has, in recent times, been sitting on the Bench at the San Fernando Supreme Court.
He recently presided over the trial of Marlon King, accused of killing his step daughter Amy Annumunthodo.
Mr. Carmona has served as a member of the Legislative Review Committee and of the National Drug Abuse and Alcohol Programme.
He is a Catholic and a family person.
He is known to possess a convivial, down-to-earth personality.