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Judge Bruce-Lyle passes

Judge Bruce-Lyle passes


The Serious Offences Court on Friday paid respects to the late Justice Frederick Bruce-Lyle by having a moment of silence.

Lawyer Israel Bruce could not contain his emotions and he broke down in tears after hearing the news of Bruce Lyle’s passing, his demeanour displaying what must have been felt by many in the legal community.{{more}}

The retired High Court judge passed away in Trinidad and Tobago on Thursday, shortly after being airlifted there.

Circumstances surrounding the death of the 62-year-old judge who retired on February 17, 2015, have not yet been made public.

Bruce-Lyle was a High Court judge in the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court from 2000 to 2012, and acted as a Court of Appeal judge with the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court from February 2007 to June 2010.

According to Wikipedia, Frederick Victor Bruce-Lyle (born 6 August 1953) is a Ghanaian-born jurist, who has been a judge in several Caribbean countries.

Born in Accra, Ghana, Bruce-Lyle is the second son of Ghana’s Supreme Court judge and Chief Justice of Zambia, William Bruce-Lyle, and the grandson of Sir Leslie McCarthy. 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, 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).

He was a naturalized citizen of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

In 1999, Bruce-Lyle was appointed by the Judicial and Legal Services Commission of the Caribbean Community as a High Court Justice of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court based in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

Bruce-Lyle became the longest serving High Court judge in 2013.