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The 2014-15 Law Year of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court opens

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Dame Justice Pereira

It was the third time Her Ladyship, the Hon. Dame Janice Pereira presiding over the Opening of the New Law Year of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, as she delivered the feature address as she asked the question, “Who has an interest in receiving this address? Is it for the members of the legal profession, the Executive Branch of our Member States and Territories, the civil societies of our region or to a lesser or greater extent, all of these groups?”

The address under title “Fulfilling our Strategic Vision in Challenging Times” continued as Dame Pereira stressed on “: “Is this much ado about nothing, or is this really fundamental to everything?”

Her address which the Hon Chief Justice said was, especially wonderful to address

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Undsctitled-1yUntidwtled-1ou live via simulcast from the Territory of Anguilla.”

It came after a special church service to commemorate the opening which was held at the Roman Catholic Church in Look Out, conducted by pastors of the Montserrat Christian Council where R C priest Fr. Mark Schramm facilitated with members of the law fraternity attended and participated in the service along with the ministers of religion.

Amidst hymns, Readings by David S. Brandt, (later congratulated to the rank of QC), Justice Albert Redhead and new Attorney General Keith Friday.huewds1

Unsadtitled-1Rev. Ruth Allen, Pastor Peter Buffonge, Rev. Rosalind Morgan, Father Carlisle Vyphius led prayers for Administration of Justice, Law and Order, Leaders of the Nation and National Unity. Following the hymn Immortal Invisible Bishop Abraham Riley delivered the homily on Justice, Peace, respect and more in keeping with those general principles. The benediction was given by Rev Joan Meade closing with the hymn Glorious Things of Thee are Spoken.

A guard of honour was inspected by Justice Redhead at Government Headquarters followed by the special court sitting where Dame Justice Pereira delivered her address which was followed by brief addresses by the local bar.

Finished__PDM Motorcade and Swearing in (26)Justice redhead presided over the special sitting at the court room here in Montserrat. Kenneth Allen QC at the end of a lengthy address spoke on the occasion, representing the Inner Bar welcoming His lordship as he said on behalf of the Government and people of Montserrat, “with the same enthusiasm and sincerity as I did last year.”

He addressed the judge and said, “my faith in the Justice system was strengthened, (referring to the last sentence he witnessed the judge handing down) you are indeed a just and merciful Judge…”

Untsaditled-1The Hon. Attorney General in his address described as his first appearance in his new post. After congratulating “ “the Hon Premier (present at the sitting with His Excellency the Governor and Opposition members, Meade and Farrell) and his team on their victory at the polls and to wish them a successful term in Government.” He later also offered congratulations to Mr. David Brandt on receiving the honour of Silk. (QC)

“My Lord, it is indeed a pleasure making my maiden appearance as Attorney General before you.” (his first on the job).

He expressed his desire and belief for the justice system. “It is my belief that the whole administration of Justice is a collaborative one. We as the Ministers of Justice must work together for the system to work,” he said.

adj1The AG said he had inherited a Department staffed by very competent professionals and referred to it as “the establishment of a Department with career-building and retention capacity and staffed by highly experienced and motivated officers with a conviction for, and commitment to excellence in their legal service delivery to the Government and the people of Montserrat.”

He expressed a current need. “It is my view also that we need to continually engage senior public officers on their responsibilities regarding their administrative decisions,“ concluding, “ it is my belief that on a whole, we as the Legal Department can (continue to_ provide high quality, timely and comprehensive legal service to the Government of Montserrat and related satellites.”

The Chief Justice in her address had addressed some of the challenges in some detail, but she concluded: “Having highlighted the foregoing challenges, I assure you that the court

has remained undaunted in carrying out its mission. Indeed, times of adversity should be viewed as great opportunities for imagination, and innovation. We have been striving to make the best use of the limited resources provided. The reformation in structures and internal processes and methodologies highlighted earlier, attest to this.”

Untijfditled-1Mr. Hogarth Sergeant addressed on behalf of the ‘Utter Bar’. He began by congratulating QC Allen for the OECS bar associaition’s honour for his 30 years’ service; and to David Brandt “on his elevation to the Inner Bar.”

He addressed the new law affecting the Legal Profession which he said will come into effect on October 1, 2014. The amendment of Legislation ‘for the betterment of a more structured and ordered society…areas in ‘family law, fathers who maintain their children access to their children and visitation rights…”

“Legal Aid Services should not be regarded as a form of social welfare…but as an integral part of the Rule of Law.” On the Rule of Law he said “…sentencing especially for young and first time offenders. Some sort of reform is badly needed.

He concluded that”…as members of the legal profession we are committed above all to justice, integrity and the rule of law…”

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Miss Chivone Gerald

Miss Chivone Gerald addressed in her capacity as president of the local bar association. She said, “The Montserrat Bar Association has been active for over 16 months, happy to report the following:

  1. Law Week: where Members of the Bar would be engaged in, inter alia, community outreach activities and continued professional development.
  2. Bench Bar Committee:

We are in the process of forming a Bench Bar Committee, which would comprise Judges, the Magistracy, Police, DPP, a representative of the Legal Department, and the Supreme Court Registry: the purpose for which would be to take forward concerns and develop recommendations that will lead to the improvement of communications and working relationships among the three key stakeholders.

  1. Concerns by members of the Bar are being acknowledged, and where applicable referred to the relevant parties of the legal profession.
  2. OECS Participation and 5. to actively campaign with the new government to move forward the halls of Justice programme, where it is time for suitable Court facilities to be established.

Miss Gerald reported on the MBA’s motto “Serving Community and Law”, and our mission statement; to be a transformative force in the delivery of legal services to all applicable stakeholders – local and otherwise.

In her speech, Dame Periera reminded, ”You, the people of our region, individually and collectively, will over time, be the judge of that.” That we say may be true for all that followed her speech.

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It was the third time Her Ladyship, the Hon. Dame Janice Pereira presiding over the Opening of the New Law Year of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, as she delivered the feature address as she asked the question, “Who has an interest in receiving this address? Is it for the members of the legal profession, the Executive Branch of our Member States and Territories, the civil societies of our region or to a lesser or greater extent, all of these groups?”

The address under title “Fulfilling our Strategic Vision in Challenging Times” continued as Dame Pereira stressed on “: “Is this much ado about nothing, or is this really fundamental to everything?”

Her address which the Hon Chief Justice said was, especially wonderful to address

Untodwsnitled-1

Undsctitled-1yUntidwtled-1ou live via simulcast from the Territory of Anguilla.”

It came after a special church service to commemorate the opening which was held at the Roman Catholic Church in Look Out, conducted by pastors of the Montserrat Christian Council where R C priest Fr. Mark Schramm facilitated with members of the law fraternity attended and participated in the service along with the ministers of religion.

Amidst hymns, Readings by David S. Brandt, (later congratulated to the rank of QC), Justice Albert Redhead and new Attorney General Keith Friday.huewds1

Unsadtitled-1Rev. Ruth Allen, Pastor Peter Buffonge, Rev. Rosalind Morgan, Father Carlisle Vyphius led prayers for Administration of Justice, Law and Order, Leaders of the Nation and National Unity. Following the hymn Immortal Invisible Bishop Abraham Riley delivered the homily on Justice, Peace, respect and more in keeping with those general principles. The benediction was given by Rev Joan Meade closing with the hymn Glorious Things of Thee are Spoken.

A guard of honour was inspected by Justice Redhead at Government Headquarters followed by the special court sitting where Dame Justice Pereira delivered her address which was followed by brief addresses by the local bar.

Finished__PDM Motorcade and Swearing in (26)Justice redhead presided over the special sitting at the court room here in Montserrat. Kenneth Allen QC at the end of a lengthy address spoke on the occasion, representing the Inner Bar welcoming His lordship as he said on behalf of the Government and people of Montserrat, “with the same enthusiasm and sincerity as I did last year.”

He addressed the judge and said, “my faith in the Justice system was strengthened, (referring to the last sentence he witnessed the judge handing down) you are indeed a just and merciful Judge…”

Untsaditled-1The Hon. Attorney General in his address described as his first appearance in his new post. After congratulating “ “the Hon Premier (present at the sitting with His Excellency the Governor and Opposition members, Meade and Farrell) and his team on their victory at the polls and to wish them a successful term in Government.” He later also offered congratulations to Mr. David Brandt on receiving the honour of Silk. (QC)

“My Lord, it is indeed a pleasure making my maiden appearance as Attorney General before you.” (his first on the job).

He expressed his desire and belief for the justice system. “It is my belief that the whole administration of Justice is a collaborative one. We as the Ministers of Justice must work together for the system to work,” he said.

adj1The AG said he had inherited a Department staffed by very competent professionals and referred to it as “the establishment of a Department with career-building and retention capacity and staffed by highly experienced and motivated officers with a conviction for, and commitment to excellence in their legal service delivery to the Government and the people of Montserrat.”

He expressed a current need. “It is my view also that we need to continually engage senior public officers on their responsibilities regarding their administrative decisions,“ concluding, “ it is my belief that on a whole, we as the Legal Department can (continue to_ provide high quality, timely and comprehensive legal service to the Government of Montserrat and related satellites.”

The Chief Justice in her address had addressed some of the challenges in some detail, but she concluded: “Having highlighted the foregoing challenges, I assure you that the court

has remained undaunted in carrying out its mission. Indeed, times of adversity should be viewed as great opportunities for imagination, and innovation. We have been striving to make the best use of the limited resources provided. The reformation in structures and internal processes and methodologies highlighted earlier, attest to this.”

Untijfditled-1Mr. Hogarth Sergeant addressed on behalf of the ‘Utter Bar’. He began by congratulating QC Allen for the OECS bar associaition’s honour for his 30 years’ service; and to David Brandt “on his elevation to the Inner Bar.”

He addressed the new law affecting the Legal Profession which he said will come into effect on October 1, 2014. The amendment of Legislation ‘for the betterment of a more structured and ordered society…areas in ‘family law, fathers who maintain their children access to their children and visitation rights…”

“Legal Aid Services should not be regarded as a form of social welfare…but as an integral part of the Rule of Law.” On the Rule of Law he said “…sentencing especially for young and first time offenders. Some sort of reform is badly needed.

He concluded that”…as members of the legal profession we are committed above all to justice, integrity and the rule of law…”

pd1

Miss Chivone Gerald

Miss Chivone Gerald addressed in her capacity as president of the local bar association. She said, “The Montserrat Bar Association has been active for over 16 months, happy to report the following:

  1. Law Week: where Members of the Bar would be engaged in, inter alia, community outreach activities and continued professional development.
  2. Bench Bar Committee:

We are in the process of forming a Bench Bar Committee, which would comprise Judges, the Magistracy, Police, DPP, a representative of the Legal Department, and the Supreme Court Registry: the purpose for which would be to take forward concerns and develop recommendations that will lead to the improvement of communications and working relationships among the three key stakeholders.

  1. Concerns by members of the Bar are being acknowledged, and where applicable referred to the relevant parties of the legal profession.
  2. OECS Participation and 5. to actively campaign with the new government to move forward the halls of Justice programme, where it is time for suitable Court facilities to be established.

Miss Gerald reported on the MBA’s motto “Serving Community and Law”, and our mission statement; to be a transformative force in the delivery of legal services to all applicable stakeholders – local and otherwise.

In her speech, Dame Periera reminded, ”You, the people of our region, individually and collectively, will over time, be the judge of that.” That we say may be true for all that followed her speech.