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Sunday, 31 May 2015

Becoming a judge in Trinidad and Tobago

Q: I want to be a Judge; what do I need to do?

A: Before a person is considered for judgeship, s/he must first be an attorney-at-law, so your first step is law school.

  • Magistrate's court - at least five years standing as an Attorney-at-Law.
  • High Court Judge - at least ten years’ standing as an Attorney-at-Law.
  • Court of Appeal - High Court Judges who have sat on the Bench for at least three years and been Attorneys-at-Law for at least 15 years
  • Masters of the High Court - minimum of seven years standing as an Attorney-at-Law

Maybe someday you will even become the Chief Justice - the highest judge in Trinidad and Tobago who presides over the Supreme Court of Judicature.

This and other information can be found on the website of the Judiciary of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.


  1. While it may be true that all schools do not accept all students, if, as put by you - “It is easy to skate through the LLB and LEC/LPC/BPTC/JD”. Then perhaps, on this premise - All schools should accept all students…
    It follows therefore that your above analysis gives credence to my argument that, if there is a decline in the legal profession it is the LLB and LEC/LPC/BPTC/JD that needs evaluation, not the entry requirements.

  2. Aren't there hundreds or even thousands of attorney's at law who have over the required years to apply for a judgeship. So wouldn't it be extremely difficult and competitive? Are there any other qualifications to assist in getting through?


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