Hon. Mr. Justice Ian Forte
The Honourable Justice Ian Forte, O.J., C.D., was born in Kingston on November 15, 1936. He had his early education at St. George’s College.
He was called to the Bar at Lincoln Inn in London in 1960, after which he returned to Jamaica where he entered private practice. In 1963, he entered the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions as Assistant Crown Counsel and was appointed a Crown Counsel soon after. He was appointed Resident Magistrate in 1968. In 1974 when the Gun Court was created, he was one of the first judges to sit in its Magistrates’ jurisdiction.
In 1977, Mr. Justice Forte returned to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions as Director of Public Prosecutions. Soon after, he was appointed to the Inner Bar as one of Her Majesty’s Queen Counsel. It was in this period that he was awarded the National honour of the Order of Distinction (Commander Class).
In January 1988, Justice Forte was elevated to the Bench to sit as a Judge of Appeal. He eventually became the President of that Court, from which he retired in 2005. During his tenure on the Bench, he was awarded the honour of Order of Jamaica.
Mr. Justice Forte has served as a Judge of Appeal for the Cayman Islands as also the Turks and Caicos Islands. He also serves as a Justice of the Peace for the Parish of Kingston.
He is married to Marlene, and is the father of three (3) children by his deceased wife, Margaret. He is a Roman Catholic.