New President and five new judges for Aruba, St. Maarten and Curacao

THE HAGUE - The Kingdom Council of Ministers approved the appointments of five new judges last Friday per 1 August 2013 for Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten, as well as the new President of the Joint Court of Justice of Aruba, Curaçao, St. Maarten, and of Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba Evert Jan van der Poel.

Van der Poel, currently Senior Judge at the Court of Arnhem and Leeuwarden, has ample experience working as a Judge in the Dutch Caribbean. He has already served two terms of five years at the Joint Court of Justice of the Dutch Caribbean.
The Kingdom Council of Minister approved Van der Poel's appointment based on a proposal by Dutch Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten. Van der Poel will succeed Liesbeth Hoefdraad on August 17, 2013. Hoefdraad will go on pension per that date.
The islands have a shortage of local judges. That is the reason why relatively many judges from The Netherlands work at the Dutch Caribbean Court of Justice for a period of three to five years.
The five judges are:
mr. W.J. Noordhuizen (1964), Aruba,
mr. I.M. Vanwersch (1960), Aruba,
mr. J.H.M. van de Ven (1963), Sint Maarten,
mr. K. Mans (1970), Sint Maarten,
mr. M.C.B. Hubben (1976), Curaçao

Agreement signed for renovation Courthouse Sint Maarten

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