Madam Justice Michelle Weekes was appointed Judge of the High Court in Barbados on 16 June 2014. As a High Court Judge, she presides over Civil, Family and Criminal matters. She was educated at Queen’s College, Barbados, the Faculty of Law, Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies and the Hugh Wooding Law School in Trinidad and Tobago. Justice Weekes began her public service career as a Foreign Service Officer at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Prior to her appointment as Judge, Justice Weekes acted as Master of the High Court and also as Registrar of the Supreme Court. She previously held appointments as Crown Counsel, Senior Crown Counsel and Principal Counsel in the Solicitor General’s Chambers in Barbados as well as Deputy Registrar of the Supreme Court and Magistrate, Judiciary Department. Justice Weekes received the Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from the University of the West Indies and later the Legal Education Certificate from the Hugh Wooding Law School. She was called to the Bar in Barbados in 1990 and in 1998 was awarded the Master of Laws (Legislative Drafting) by the University of the West Indies. Justice Weekes is currently a member of the Interim Governing Committee of the Global Judicial Institute on the Environment.
Key Areas of Expertise: Commonwealth law, rule of law and justice, climate change, coastal zone management and Small Island Developing States (SIDS).Skills: communications, analysis, conflict resolution.
Languages: English(native), Spanish and French (basic).