Hon. Janet Nosworthy

Hon. Janet Nosworthy

Country: Jamaica

Court:
Special Tribunal for Lebanon, Appointed in 2009
International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia

Ad Litem Judge in trial, pre-trial, and sentencing cases in Prosecutor v.  Martic, Prosecutor v.Milutinovic, and
Prosecutor v. Rajic (2005 – 2009)

Positions Held:
Criminal Defense Counsel (1974 – 1978 and 1981 – 2005), including representation in the Jamaican Supreme Court (Criminal Circuit Division), Gun Court, and Court of Appeal, in matters involving constitutional challenges to the validity of the mandatory death and life sentences, and in other cases of human rights violations, and appearing as a Defense Counsel in serious criminal matters under the public legal aid defense scheme
Crown Counsel prosecuting for the State of Antigua in its Supreme Court and Appeals Counsel in the Eastern
Caribbean Court of Appeal (1978 – 1981)
Crown Counsel – Attorney General’s Office
Prosecutor in the Jamaican Resident Magistrate’s Court
Called to the Bar of Gray’s Inn, London in 1972

Other Experience:
Consulted in international criminal law for CARICOM
Participated in training advocates, young lawyers, and students in continuing legal education and advocacy courses
Trained Mediator and trainer in Alternative Dispute Resolution; Court Appointed Mediator for the Supreme Court
of Jamaica and Magistrates Courts
Expertise in Family Law with special interest in laws relating to children and women and their rights
Member of the Jamaica Coalition for the Rights of the Child
Spearheaded and co-coordinated Domestic Violence and Abusers Anonymous (DOMVA), a self-help recovery
programme for persons prone to violent, aggressive, and socially hostile conduct, with the object of accepting responsibility for violent behaviours and reducing domestic violence and aggression in Jamaica
Active in the Bar Association and Advocates Association of Jamaica


Judge Nosworthy was called to the Bar of Gray’s Inn, London in 1972 and worked until 2005, mainly in Jamaica, as a prosecutor, defense counsel, and lecturer. She has also consulted in international criminal law for CARICOM.

Judge Nosworthy initially worked as a Prosecutor in the Jamaican Resident Magistrate’s Court and, from 1978 to 1981, was Crown Counsel prosecuting for the State of Antigua in its Supreme Court and as Appeals Counsel in the Eastern Caribbean Court of Appeal.

Her experience as a criminal Defense Counsel between 1974-1978 and 1981-2005, includes representation in the Jamaican Supreme Court (Criminal Circuit Division), Gun Court, and Court of Appeal, including appearing in matters involving constitutional challenges to the validity of the mandatory death and life sentences, and in other cases of human rights violations. On an on-going basis she appeared as a Defense Counsel in serious criminal matters under the public legal aid defense scheme.

Judge Nosworthy has also participated in training advocates, young lawyers, and students in continuing legal education and advocacy courses, and was active in the Bar Association and Advocates Association of Jamaica.

Between 2005 and 2009, before joining the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, Judge Nosworthy served as an Ad Litem Judge at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, in trial, pre-trial, and sentencing cases in Prosecutor v. Martic, Prosecutor v. Milutinovic, and Prosecutor v. Rajic.

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