Sir Byron is the new Caribbean Court of Justice President
Sir Charles Michael Dennis Byron, a native of St Kitts and Neviswho is currently the President of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) will be appointed as the new Head of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) in August as present head Michael de la Bastide TC, will be going be retiring effective August 18th, 2011.
This announcement was made at a press conference held on Saturday at the CCJ building, Henry Street, Port-of-Spain, which was transmitted via video satellite at the Roseau High Court.
Byron expressed concerns that only three of the member states, that is Guyana, St Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines acceded and hoped that when he takes up office on August 17th, he would witness “this development, which would allow the Court to discharge its functions to benefit a wide segment of the community”.
“I have firm belief in the CCJ and its potential for the benefit of our region.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to serve in this capacity. I want to do a lot more fact-finding and discussion and I hope my information base would be much broader and I look forward to discussing much more concrete plans as they emerge,” he added. De La Bastide admitted that a relatively small percentage of cases reach the CCJ.
At the recently concluded Heads of Government meeting in St George’s, Grenada, the Caribbean Community Heads of Government accepted to the recommendation of the Regional and Judicial Legal Services Commission (RJLSC) that Byron be appointed as the successor to de la Bastide.
However, the actual date of his assumption of office at the CCJ is expected to be announced in due course.