“Many people have questioned, whether it deserves public trust or confidence and I suggest to you that the Court has been set up in a manner that guarantees high quality for the staff and the opportunity for a complete impartiality in a decision making process, by creating a structure which makes it completely independent of political interference, and one of the most important aspects of this structure, is the work of the Regional Judicial and Legal Services Commission” said the Kittitian born President.
The Regional Judicial and Legal Services Commission is the single entity responsible for appointing the judges and personnel of the CCJ. The composition of the Commission is so structured that it provides independence from political or other influences.
It is also this body that has responsibility for the discipline of CCJ judges and staff. It may also make recommendations to the CARICOM Heads of Government, for the removal of the Court’s President.
The CCJ is required to perform at the highest standards as the supreme judicial organ in the Caribbean Community.
Sir Dennis Byron became only the second person to serve as President of the CCJ, since being established six years ago. He replaced Trinidadian Michael de la Bastide, who retired on 18th August, 2011.
After taking his oath of office, Sir Dennis said, “As I stand here in St. Kitts I am feeling quite emotionally, because this is a fantastic experience for me. I think of myself as a Caribbean man, but St. Kitts is the place that I was born, it is the place that provided the foundation of my life on which my entire career has been built.”
He said that he must pay tribute to all the people who have contributed to his development. He said that he also has to pay a special tribute to his deceased parents, Mr. Vincent Fitzgerald Byron and Pearl Byron, who filled him with the values and the support that brought him here.