The Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court Celebrates the Life & Legacy of
His Lordship, The Hon. Justice Frederick Victor Bruce-Lyle
(6 August 1953 to April 21, 2016)
The Hon. Chief Justice, Dame Janice M. Pereira, DBE, Judges and administrative and support staff of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court join the regional legal fraternity in mourning the death of His Lordship, the Hon. Justice Frederick Victor Bruce-Lyle. Justice Bruce-Lyle was Ghanaian born but a Caribbean man at heart. This was evidenced by his work as he served as a judge in several Caribbean countries and became a naturalized citizen of Saint. Vincent and the Grenadines. He was educated at Mfantsipim School, Cape-Coast, and the University of Ghana, where he attained a Bachelor of Laws degree. From 1979 to 1984, Justice Bruce-Lyle was a State advocate in Zambia, before moving to the Caribbean where he served as a Magistrate in Belize (1984–89); Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (1989–93); the British Virgin Islands (1993–97); and Antigua and Barbuda (1997–99). In 1999, Justice Bruce-Lyle was appointed by the Judicial and Legal Services Commission to act as a High Court Justice of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court assigned in Saint Lucia for three (3) months. On February 1st, 2000 Justice Bruce-Lyle was assigned to Antigua and Barbuda as acting High Court Justice of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court and on May 1st, 2000 Justice Bruce-Lyle was reassigned to St. Kitts and Nevis. Justice Bruce-Lyle’s appointment as a High Court Justice was confirmed with effect from 1st February 2000 and he remained assigned to St. Kitts and Nevis until December 2002. Justice Bruce-Lyle was reassigned to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines with effect from January 1st, 2002 and remained until his retirement in March 2015. Justice Bruce-Lyle acted as a Justice of Appeal on several occasions during his tenue as a High Court Judge. In 2013, Justice Bruce-Lyle became the longest serving High Court Judge. Justice Bruce-Lyle also served as a member of the Judicial and Legal Services Commission for six (6) years from 20th May 2008 to 19th May 2014. Justice Bruce-Lyle’s career as a judge has been much more than the sum of his achievements. Throughout his tenure on the bench, Justice Bruce-Lyle endeavoured to do justice as a jurist, striving not only to help those less fortunate than himself, but also to train those who sought to follow in his footsteps. He set a remarkable example in the way that he conducted himself-always fair, decent, and caring. Justice Bruce-Lyle was one of those rare persons – cautious, principled and a perfectionist. He will be greatly missed for his humble spirit, patient disposition, sound advice and deep sincerity to everyone he encountered and chose to associate with. Famous for his humour, but deeply cerebral, his opinions when expressed always revealed the clarity of his thought and depth of analysis. For this reason, his views were highly regarded. We have lost a great friend, a great colleague and a great visionary. We are fortunate that he was a part of our team. His memory and legacy will live on, not just for this Court, but for his unwavering and deep commitment to the Eastern Caribbean as a whole. He died in Trinidad, on 21 April 2016 after a brief illness.
The Hon. Chief Justice, Judges, Masters, Management and Staff of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court offer heartfelt condolences to his wife, Euchrista St Hilaire Bruce Lyle, children and other relatives, colleagues and friends. May he live on in our hearts and the hearts of all those who loved him and may his soul rest in peace.