Mr. Justice Satnarine Sharma, TC, CMT
Former Chief Justice, Trinidad and Tobago
Mr. Justice Satnarine Sharma was a jurist and former Chief Justice of Trinidad and Tobago.
Satnarine Sharma was born in 1942 in Trinidad and Tobago. Hailing from a family of lawyers, he was called to the Bar in 1966.
Mr Justice Sharma commenced his service with the Judiciary as a Judge of the High Court from 1984; and served as a Judge of the Court of Appeal from 1988. He was appointed Chief Justice of Trinidad and Tobago on 18 July 2002, and retired from office on 23 January 2008.
His tenure was marked by a number of landmark decisions, the rollout of the new Civil Procedure Rules of the Supreme Court, the introduction of Audio Digital Court Reporting, the acquisition and refurbishment of a number of new judicial facilities and the introduction of the Family Court Project.
In July 2006, Sharma was arrested and accused of trying to intervene improperly in a trial of Basdeo Panday, a former prime minister who was sentenced in April to two years in prison for corruption, an action which some perceived as racist. An international tribunal ruled that there was insufficient evidence to remove him from office in December 2007. He however resigned as scheduled in January 2008. He was succeeded by Ivor Archie.
Honours and awards
He was the recipient of the Trinity Cross (TC)in 2003, he received the Chaconia Medal (gold) in 1998 for his contribution to the development of law.
He enjoyed cricket, often walked around the Queen’s Park Savannah on evenings and listened to classical Indian, Swahili and other African music and old-time calypsos
Mr. Justice Sharma died at his home in Maraval, Trinidad on 9 October 2019. He was 76. He had been previously diagnosed with cancer and was receiving treatment.