January 4, 2008
Sonya Young is new Chief Magistrate

Surrounded and supported by family members, top-ranking members of the legal fraternity, the Governor General and the Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, former Deputy Registrar of the High Court Sonya Young, was on Monday, December 31, 2007, sworn in as the new Chief Magistrate in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. {{more}}

The former Registrar and Registrar General in the British Virgin Islands and Montserrat replaces Chief Magistrate Simone Churaman who resigned the post in September 2007.

Young, who was called to the local bar in 1996, was congratulated on her appointment by the Prime Minister, who said he expects her to be firm and at the same time fair.

Dr. Gonsalves indicated that from previous experiences with Young as Deputy Registrar, she is a no nonsense character who will perform in an excellent manner in her new post.

Also singing high praises of Chief Magistrate Young was Attorney General Judith Jones Morgan.

Morgan described the new Chief as a young woman of integrity, maturity and professionalism, of whom the public can expect the highest standard.

She called on the various arms of the judiciary to give full support to Young, whom she said has a hard task ahead.

Young, a former student of the Petersville Primary, Girls’ High and St. Vincent Grammar Schools, is the daughter of Ken and Myrna Young of New Montrose. (JJ)