On Monday 16th April, 2018 The Honorable Mr. Justice Shiraz Aziz was sworn in by His Excellency the Governor Dr. John Freeman CMG, as a Judge of the Supreme Court.
Justice Aziz was admitted to the Bar in 1997, graduating from the University of London before gaining a Masters of Laws in Environmental Law. He practiced law as a Barrister in the United Kingdom as a tenant at Garden Court Chambers, Lincolns Inn Fields, London focusing on criminal defence work. Justice Aziz specialized in criminal and quasi criminal law, in particular dealing with offences classed as serious and complex.
As a practitioner Justice Aziz appeared in the Supreme Court, Judicial Committee of the Privy Council, Court of Appeal and Crown Court and was involved in serious and complex cases in the Caribbean Region including Trinidad and Tobago, St Vincent and the Grenadines, St Lucia and Barbados.
Justice Aziz is also involved in legal and advocacy training for various Law Society’s and Bar Councils. Between 2006 and 2014 as a practitioner Justice Aziz has provided legal and advocacy training in various countries. From 2011 to 2014 Legal 500 rated Justice Aziz as one of the leading lawyers in the UK in Crime and referred to him as “fearless in court” “a safe pair of hands” and as someone who “is good with clients, friendly and approachable”. Justice Aziz was appointed as High Court Judge to the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (ECSC) and assigned to Grenada. A number of his written judgments can be found at www.eccourts.org.
Justice Aziz has been Chairperson of the Mediation Committee and has also been appointed as a member to the Sentencing Advisory Committee of the ECSC. Justice Aziz has a keen interest in continuing judicial and legal education and is also known for his proactive style of case and jury management. He is very open to discussions and integration between bar and bench.
When not in Court Justice Aziz has a keen interest in golf, sailing and deep sea fishing.
The Judicial Administration warmly welcomes Justice Aziz and wishes him much success in his new appointment.