Judge Burton Hall

The Bahamas
Judge Burton Hall

Born: 10 December 1947, Nassau, The Bahamas


1974 University of the West Indies, Ll B degree, with Honours
1976 Council of Legal Education of the West Indies, Legal Education Certificate

Professional Experience:

1968-1969 Probation Officer
1969-1971 Clerk to the House of Assembly
1976 After admission to the Bar, entered Office of the Attorney General as an Assistant Counsel
1978-1980 Acted as Stipendiary and Circuit Magistrate
1983-1990 Solicitor General
1990 Appointed Acting Justice of the Supreme Court
1991 Confirmed as Justice of the Supreme Court (presiding over criminal, civil, constitutional and family matters)
1997 Appointed to Court of Appeal
1998 Appointed Chairman of the National Crime Commission
1999-2004 Member of Administrative Tribunal of the Inter-American Development Bank
2001 Appointed Chief Justice and Head of the Judiciary
2002 Became a Fellow of the Commonwealth Judicial Institute (Dalhousie University School of Law)
2005 Elected by the UN General Assembly as an ad litem Judge of the ICTY
2009 Appointed as a Permanent Judge of the ICTY and demitted office as Chief Justice
1999-2009 Course Director in Constitutional Law and Legal Systems, Eugene Dupuch Law School (Council of Legal Education of the West Indies)

Professional Memberships, Awards and, Honorific Appointments:

Judge Hall is a member of the Commonwealth Magistrates and Judges Association, the Commonwealth Lawyers Association, the International Law Association and the International Association of Constitutional Law, and holds associate membership in the American Bar Association, the Canadian Bar Association, and the American Society of International Law.

He was created a Knight Bachelor by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 2001, and, in 2003, he was made a Knight of the Pontifical Order of St Sylvester by His Holiness, Pope John Paul II.  In 2004, he was awarded the Pelican Alumni Peer Award as an outstanding alumnus of the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus.