First Belizean president of Belize Court of Appeal sworn in
BELMOPAN, Belize -- Justice Manuel Sosa, the first Belizean to be appointed president of the Court of Appeal in Belize, was sworn in on Monday by Governor General Sir Colville Young at Belize House in Belmopan.
Witnessing the swearing in ceremony was the attorney general, B.Q. Pitt, SC.
Sixty-year-old Justice Sosa succeeds Barbadian Justice Elliot Mottley, who resigned as president of the Court of Appeal at the end of December 2010.
His distinguished legal career spans some 34 years. He was first called to the Bar in 1976, after qualifying from the Norman Manley Law School in Jamaica, where he received the award of the Most Outstanding Student.
He pursued private law practice in Belize from 1976 to 1998 and was elevated to Senior Counsel in 1988. He was appointed a temporary justice in 1993 and a substantive justice in 1998. The same year he was awarded the honour of the Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) by Her Majesty the Queen.
Justice Sosa served as Chief Justice for a short period in late 1998 before being appointed as a Justice of the Court of Appeal in 1999. During the past 10 years, he presided over appeals heard by the Court of Appeal on several occasions. He is highly regarded in the profession for his legal acumen and meticulousness.
Other judges of the Court of Appeal are Justices Dennis Morrison of Jamaica; Denys Barrow, a Belizean; and Dominican Sir Bryan Alleyne.