Wednesday 16th May, 2018 –Glowing tributes were paid today to the outgoing President of the Caribbean Court of Justice Sir Dennis Byron during a ceremonial sitting of the regional Court in Antigua.
Sir Dennis, a former Chief Justice of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court succeeded Trinidadian Michael De La Bastide, the first President of the CCJ.
Eminent jurists, including current and retired judges from throughout the region were in attendance at today’s ceremony held at the High Court of Justice.
They came to reflect on the stellar legal profession of a man who almost single handedly made positive changes to the way in which justice is dispensed in the Caribbean.
Meantime, Attorney General the Hon. Steadroy Benjamin has singled out Sir Dennis Byron for the work he has done in advancing Caribbean Jurisprudence when he paid tribute during Wednesday’s ceremony.
The Attorney General informed Wednesday’s farewell ceremony that Antigua and Barbuda will once again move ahead with plans for a referendum to make the CCJ the country’s final court of appeal.
In his response to the gathering, the CCJ President expressed deep appreciation for the outpouring of support and thanked all who assisted him along the way.
As he departed, he had a poignant message for the region.
Sir Dennis Byron will be succeeded by Vincentian born Justice Adrian Saunders who will serve as the CCJ’s third President since its establishment in 2005.