Tuesday 15th May, 2018 –A special sitting of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) will convene in Antigua on Wednesday morning to mark the official retirement of its President Sir Dennis Byron.
Sir Dennis is retiring from the bench of the regional court a few months shy of seven years as head of the CCJ.
The CCJ President who has a stellar career as a regional jurist has indicated his preference to head into retirement where he began, here in Antigua.
Sir Dennis Byron now in his 70’s was born in St. Kitts and began his legal career in the 1980’s.
High ranking members of the legal fraternity throughout the region including serving and retired jurists have begun arriving in Antigua ahead of tomorrow’s event.
The CCJ created history when it convened a Sunday sitting to hear a case brought by a St. Lucian professor residing in Barbados who wanted his name to appear on the register of electors ahead of Barbados’ general election on May, 24th.
Presided over by Sir Dennis Byron, the court ruled that Professor Ventose’s name should be included on the register by yesterday; otherwise criminal charges can be leveled against the Chief Elections Officer for failure to comply with the orders of the court.
Sir Dennis Byron has served as a High Court Judge, and Chief Justice of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court. His illustrious career also includes service to the International Criminal Court in The Hague.
Antiguan government officials are expected to be in attendance at Wednesday’s special sitting of the CCJ at the High Court of Justice.