Departing CCJ President Lauded At Special Sitting In Antigua

16 May 2018

 For the first time, the Caribbean Court of Justice held court in Antigua and Barbuda today; as representatives from throughout the region came together to pay tribute and say farewell to the Court’s President, the Rt Hon. Sir Dennis Byron at a special sitting in his honour.  The President, in his remarks to the gathering, stated that he was deeply touched by the presentations and said that his time at the CCJ, “has been a wonderful experience for me. Even with all my experiences of judiciaries around the world, sitting side by side with judges from every continent on the bench of an international court, I am extremely proud to have been part of this outstanding court with judges of the highest calibre, work ethic and integrity. The culmination of a lifelong dream to be part of a final Caribbean court has only been eclipsed by the sheer enjoyment of working in an environment of such high intellect and quality”.

 

Speaking to the packed courtroom, the Hon. Mr. Justice Saunders, President-Designate of the CCJ, who also presided over the proceedings described Sir Dennis as a “great judicial reformer,” recalling that “during the eight years that he spent as Chief Justice of the ECSC, Sir Dennis transformed that institution in such critical ways that it can never again be what it used to when he assumed the office of Chief Justice. By the time he left for Arusha in 2004, judged against several important indicators, the ECSC was arguably well ahead of its counterparts in the region”.

 

Access the full Media Release here: CCJ Media Release 20_2018