The Honourable Mr. Justice Adrian D. Saunders is a native of St Vincent and the Grenadines. He obtained a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree from the University of the West Indies (Cave Hill) in 1975 and followed this with the Legal Education Certificate of the Hugh Wooding Law School in Trinidad & Tobago in 1977. He was called to the Bar of St. Vincent & the Grenadines in 1977.
Mr. Justice Saunders was in private practice as a barrister and solicitor from 1977 until 1996. In 1990 he established the firm of Saunders & Huggins. While in private practice he served as a member of the Bar
Council of the Eastern Caribbean Bar Association and for several years as Secretary of the St. Vincent Bar Association. In 1996 he joined the High Court Bench of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (ECSC) and on 1st May, 2003, he was appointed to that court’s Court of Appeal. Between 2004 and 2005 he acted as Chief Justice of that Court. In 2005 he was among the first cohort of judges appointed to the Caribbean Court of Justice.
During the period of his tenure as a Judge in the Eastern Caribbean, Mr. Justice Saunders was deeply involved in several judicial reform activities. He was appointed to chair the Committee established to introduce court connected mediation in the Eastern Caribbean. He also chaired the Ethics Committee of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court and as such, he presided over the production of a code of ethics for judges of the Eastern Caribbean. He also served as Chairman of that court’s Judicial Education Institute from 2001 to 2004. Justice Saunders’ interest and work in judicial education continued while he was a judge of the CCJ. For the last several years he has been the Course Director of the Intensive Study Programme of the Commonwealth Judicial Education Institute.
Prior to his appointment as a judge, Mr. Justice Saunders was President of the National Youth Council of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and he represented his country at table tennis on a number of occasions. He also served as Chairman of the St. Vincent Save the Children.
Mr Justice Saunders has been Chairman of the Caribbean Association of Judicial Officers (CAJO) since 2009 and he also lectures part time at the UWI, St Augustine faculty of Law on Constitutional Law. He has written and published several legal articles, is a Consulting Editor of The Caribbean Civil Court Practice and a co-author of Fundamentals of Caribbean Constitutional Law.
He is married to Marilyn Angela née Joslyn and the couple has two sons, Yuri and Yanek.