A special ceremonial opening and combined sitting marked the opening of 2010/2011 law year
Chief Justice of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (ECSC) Justice Hugh Rawlins has advised law professionals in the Eastern Caribbean to continue upholding the High Court’s mission as the new law term begins. He made this appeal in his address at the combined sitting in Saint Kitts which was carried live by simulcast in all the ECSC member states and territories to mark the opening of the 2010 law year. In Dominica, the new law term began with an ecumenical service at the Methodist Church followed by a guard of honor at the Roseau Bayfront, which was inspected by High Court Judge Justice Birnie Stephenson-Brooks.
“Our mission is to serve the member states by assisting of justice that is accountable, independent and administered by others in a prompt, fair, efficient and effective manner,” said Justice Hugh Rawlins.
President of the Dominica Bar Association, Mr Levi Peter encouraged law practitioners to maintain the judiciary code of ethics at all times.
He said, “I would hope that we will move towards a position where we will maintain and enhance the integrity and respect for the law and the judicial system.”
Although the special ceremonial opening of the combined sitting was held September 13th 2010, the new law year officially commences on Thursday September 16th 2010. The court will sit for the trial of criminal causes on Monday September 20th at 9:00 am at the Roseau High Court.