The Chief Justice of Belize is the head of the Supreme Court of Belize. Under Chapter 7 of the Constitution of Belize, the Chief Justice is appointed by the Governor-General on the advice of the Prime Minister.
Louise Blenmanis a former Guyanese Appeals Court Judge of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court who is currently the Chief Justice of Belize.
A native of Guyana, where she began her legal career, she was appointed to reside in and hear cases in Anguilla as a High Court Judge from 2003 and was appointed to Eastern Caribbean appeal court in 2012.
She also served for a time as the Solicitor General of Saint Lucia and a lecturer in law at the University of Guyana from 1992 to 2000. She is also Chairperson of the Judicial Education Institute.
She obtained an Honour’s Degree in Law from the University of the West Indies in 1986 and a Master’s Degree in Law at the University of London in 2004.
She is the younger sister of Professor of Finance Dr. Lloyd Blenman and the older sister Guyanese-Jamaican attorney Gloria Blenman-De Clou.
Since the retirement of Guyana born Kenneth Benjamin in March, 2020 who served as Chief Justice from 2011 to 2022, there has been an acting Chief Justice until the appointment of Louise Blenman on September 2nd, 2022.
There is no set term for the appointment but there is mandatory retirement at age 65.