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High Court Judge James Aboud

High Court Judge James Aboud has been promoted to the Court of Appeal.

The Judiciary announced Aboud’s elevation in a press release issued yesterday.

Aboud obtained a degree in English Literature from the University of Western Ontario and a post-graduate diploma in International Relations from the University of the West Indies (UWI) before pursuing a degree in law.

He was eventually called to the bar in T&T and England and Wales in 1984.

Between 1984 and 2006, Aboud was in private practice and worked under both Trevor Lee, SC and Fyard Hosein, SC, where he specialised in wills and trusts, public law, admiralty, commercial and land law.

During his time in private practice, Aboud also served on the board of National Flour Mills and as commissioner of the then-Public Utilities Commission, which heard contested applications against rate increases.

He also served as honorary treasurer of the Law Association between 1994 and 2003 and sat on its Disciplinary Council.

From January 2006 to December 2007, Aboud served as an acting High Court Judge in the San Fernando High Court and worked on clearing the court’s backlog at the time.

“He got a notorious reputation in San Fernando for sitting late into evenings-once until 7 pm on a Friday-in order to complete the many matters that had become inactive,” the release said.