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Law Term begins for East Caribbean Court

Law Term begins for East Caribbean Court


Tuesday, September 18 marked the commencement of the 2012/2013 law term in St Vincent and the Grenadines and other parts of the Organization of East Caribbean States (OECS).{{more}}

As has become the norm, an ecumenical service was held at the Cathedral of the Assumption in Kingstown, with members of local Bar, judges of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, court officials, Girl Guides, Boy Scouts and top ranking police officers in attendance.

This year’s service was held under the theme: “Let justice be tempered with mercy”.

The morning’s service saw Bishop of the Windward Islands Reverend C. Leopold Friday delivering the greetings and welcome. Attorney Akin John did the Old Testament reading, before a song was rendered by the local Bar Association. Counsel Maia Eustace followed with the responsive reading.

Delivering the sermon, Reverend Stilson Cato reminded the lawmakers of the theme, stating “Justice must not be destructive, but helpful…”

He added that while lawyers “have a lot of power” in their hands, they must “deal with people” not only according to the law, but from the heart.

Following the service, all gathered took to the streets of Kingstown and marched to the Supreme Court with musical accompaniment by the Royal St Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force band.

A small crowd gathered outside the precincts of the courthouse to witness the day’s proceedings. While in the court yard, newly appointed acting Chief Justice of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court Janice George Perreira accepted a salute from the Guard of Honour.

Following the inspection of the Guard of Honour by Perreira, a special sitting of the Eastern Caribbean Court was held.(KW)