CELEBRATING THE PAST, EMBRACING THE FUTURE: The Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court at Fifty, 1967-2017
By Justice Don Mitchell (Ret)
It is good to be “home” and to see the familiar faces in the place where Lady Rawlins and I resided for about a decade. We hold many fond memories. Above all, however, we will forever cherish the moments when we sat with Sir Vincent and Lady Floissac particularly after the onset of their illnesses.
In setting the stage for our discussions on the far ranging topics to be covered over the three-day period of this Conference, I consider that a fitting focus point is on “The Registry as the Gateway of the Court”. In using the term ‘Registry’ here, I speak only of the Registries as ‘Court Offices’.
I am deeply elated to join with so many others to offer my congratulations to you on this great achievement. I am that much more overjoyed to be offering these words of congratulations and well wishes being myself a graduate of the Norman Manley Law School. You have reached another milestone in your life’s journey …
In many of the States and Territories, we have seen a gradual divesting of the multitude of responsibilities from the Registrar of the Supreme Court. Many have removed the responsibilities for land, companies, intellectual property and civil status from the office of the Registrar…
The Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court congratulates Mr. Paul Dennis of O’Neal Webster, Mr. John Carrington of Mc W Todman & Co., and Mr. Michael Fay of the Ogier Group, all from the Territory of the Virgin Islands, for having been elevated to the rank of Queen’s Counsel.
The Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, as we now know it, began life in the year 1967 as the West Indies Associated States Supreme Court. Its predecessors were the Court of Appeal of the Windward Islands and Leeward Islands