High Court Judge, Francis H V Belle, has been recently appointed to the Board of the Foundation for the Development of Caribbean Children (FDCC). He joins a distinguished team of Caribbean professionals on what is the first-ever indigenous Foundation focussed on early childhood development.
A native of Barbados, Justice Belle has been a High Court Judge of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court since 2003. He is currently assigned to Saint Lucia but has served in this capacity in Grenada, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica and St Kitts Nevis. Justice Belle has also worked as Senior Crown Counsel in the Attorney General’s Chambers of the British Virgin Islands; Director of Public Prosecutions in St Kitts Nevis; as a partner at the law firm Hewlett Beck & Arad again in the British Virgin Islands and has sat on the Court of Appeal of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court in St. Kitts Nevis, Montserrat and Saint Lucia.
Among the highlights of Justice Belle’s impressive academic career is a Master of Science Degree in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from the Graduate School of Humanities of Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He is also a Fellow of the Commonwealth Judicial Education Institute, having completed the Institute’s Intensive Training Workshop at Dalhousie University in Halifax Nova Scotia Canada in June, 2008.
Justice Belle has been a member of a number of Rotary Clubs and was nominated by the Rotary Club of Liamuiga (St. Kitts) to serve on the Board of the Advancement of Children Foundation in St. Kitts Nevis from 2009 to 2010.
He is married to Onel Sanford-Belle and has three children.
The FDCC was launched in late 2011 in St Vincent and the Grenadines. The organisation has transitioned from the Caribbean Child Support Initiative with over 10 years experience in developing and supporting early childhood development services for children 0 to 3 years, specifically from disadvantaged households across the region. The FDCC’s chairman is Dr Didacus Jules, who currently heads the Caribbean Examination Council.