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Governor appoints judge as Puerto Rico State Elections Commission president

By on January 8, 2018

SAN JUAN – Gov. Ricardo Rosselló announced Monday the appointment of Court of First Instance Judge Rafael Ramos Saenz as president of the Puerto Rico State Elections Commission (CEE by its Spanish initials).

“I thank Judge Ramos Saenz for his commitment and availability to carry out such an important task. I wish him success in carrying out his duties to the benefit of democracy and the people of Puerto Rico,” the governor said in a statement.

Rosselló made the appointment to fill the vacancy that existed since Aug. 16, after Liza García Vélez concluded her tenure.

The governor said Ramos Saenz earned a juris doctor degree from Pontificia Universidad Católica of Puerto Rico and a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in accounting from the University of Puerto Rico (UPR).

The new appointee also holds a diploma in legal pluralism from the Academy of the Magistrature in Peru. In December, he was appointed as chief judge of the Court of First Instance.

The governor added that, since 2010, Ramos Saenz served as municipal judge assigned to the Aguadilla court to cover juvenile cases, special appointments in preliminary hearings, civil superior, felony and misdemeanor traffic offenses for Aguada, Moca, Isabela and San Sebastián.

From 2009 to 2010 he was appointed municipal judge assigned to Ponce. In addition, he saw Yauco, Peñuelas, Guayanilla and Juana Díaz cases sporadically.

He has been a professor at Universidad del Turabo’s Isabela campus since 2016 and served as president of the Yauco Permanent Inscription Board (JIP by its Spanish initials) from January 2010 to August 2010. He also presided the Moca JIP from August 2009 until Nov. 30, 2017.

The judge published “El Tribunal Municipal: de la teoría a la práctica” (“The Municipal Court: From Theory to Practice”), in 2014 and in 2017 published “El Tribunal de Menores: ley y procedimiento” (“Juvenile Court: Law and Procedure”).

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