Donna Babb-Agard Q.C. – Director of Public Prosecutions, Department of Public Prosecutions, BARBADOS
Mrs. Donna C. B. Babb-Agard, Q.C., was educated in Barbados, England; Switzerland; Belgium; and Venezuela before pursuing her Bachelor of Laws Degree at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, and the Legal Education Certificate (LEC) at the Norman Manley Law School in Jamaica.
She was admitted to the local Bar in October 1991 and immediately began her dynamic career as Junior Counsel attached to Chancery Chambers of now retired Judge of the High Court, the Honourable Mr. Justice Leroy Inniss. She gained extensive experience in a wide range of Civil Matters but focused mainly on Family; Personal Injury and Wrongful Dismissal Cases. Mrs. Babb-Agard, Q.C. also appeared as Junior Defence Counsel in a number of criminal matters while attached to those Chambers.
In pursuit of that goal, Mrs. Babb-Agard joined the Department of Public Prosecutions as a Crown Counsel in 1992, and was soon promoted to Senior Counsel, before being appointed to act as a Magistrate, presiding over the Criminal and Traffic Courts at District “A” Magistrates Courts. On her return to the Department of Public Prosecutions, Mrs. Babb-Agard, Q.C., was elevated to Principal Crown Counsel.
Mrs. Babb-Agard has presented lectures to the Police Recruits at the Regional Police Training Centre, in Barbados; and enjoys training law enforcement officers and prosecutors in the region and overseas.
In November 2005, Mrs. Babb-Agard became the Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions – an elevation which created history in Barbados, as she was the first female to be appointed in that post.
Over the past twenty-six years, she has prosecuted a wide range of criminal cases in Barbados, and has also had the privilege of representing the Crown on numerous occasions before the local Court of Appeal as well as the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) in Trinidad. She successfully argued Barbados’ first two criminal cases before the Caribbean Court of Justice.
Mrs. Babb-Agard, Q.C. has also represented Barbados, appearing alongside a former Attorney-General before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.
Four years after becoming Deputy Director, Mrs. Babb-Agard “took silk” in 2009, and was called to the prestigious Inner Bar as a Queen’s Counsel.
Mrs. Babb-Agard is a member of the International Association of Prosecutors and has served as an Executive Committee Member for the establishment of the Caribbean Association of Prosecutors after being nominated by her Caribbean Counterparts in the Cayman Islands in 2012.
As a Mutual Evaluation Examiner, trained to address issues of Money Laundering and Financing of Terrorism, Mrs. Babb-Agard, Q.C., was selected in 2016, to be one of the Legal Experts for Barbados. In November 2017, she travelled to Guyana as part of the Delegation for Barbados which was headed by the current Attorney-General and Minister of Home Affairs, for the country’s Mutual Evaluation Exercise.
On January 01, 2018, Mrs. Babb-Agard, was appointed Director of Public Prosecutions, becoming this country’s first female to ever hold that position.
Mrs. Babb-Agard is married to Sean and they have three (3) children.