Mr. Justice Christopher Blackman was appointed Chairman of the CARICOM Competition Commission and Chairman of the Employment Rights Tribunal of Barbados in July 2018. He is a former non-resident Justice of Appeal of the Belize Court of Appeal, having been appointed to that post on October 1, 2014 for a period of three (3) years. Prior to that, he was a Justice of the Court of Appeal of The Bahamas, serving from March 1, 2008 to December 5, 2014. He served as a High Court Judge of Barbados (2003-2008) and Belize (2001-2003).
Justice Blackman who qualified as a Solicitor in 1970 was in private practice as partner and later Managing Partner of the law firm of Carrington & Sealy (established in August 1872). He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1987, served as President of the Barbados Bar Association (1983-86) and as an Independent Senator (1986-1990) in the Barbados Parliament. He was a former Deputy Chairman of Barbados Shipping &Trading Company Limited, Chairman of the Nation Publishing Company Limited and a director of CIBC (West Indies) Holdings Limited. From 1985 to 1992 he served as Chairman of the Caribbean Council of Legal Education and from 1996 to 2001 as Chairman of the Police Service Commission. He has also been a Trustee and Synod member of the Anglican Church.
Currently, Mr. Justice Blackman is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Barbados Diabetes Foundation, a Governor of the Ursuline Schools, and since its inception in 2005 a member of the Eminent Persons Panel of the Anthony N. Sabga Caribbean Awards for Excellence.
In the 2000 Barbados Independence Honours List, he was awarded the Gold Crown of Merit for law and public service.