In his tribute, Nisbett noted that Chief Justice Rawlins achieved this extremely high office at a relatively young age, and oversaw it with wholesome integrity, commendable leadership, congeniality and skill.
Nisbett gave an insight into the life of the Chief Justice, whom he said did not have greatness thrust upon him. He was born in Rawlins Village, Gingerland, Nevis. In time he graduated from the Charlestown Secondary School, then on to the Basseterre High School. Those were stepping stones for him. He started out as an uncertified Secondary School Teacher in St. Kitts Nevis in 1969. He attained this position from which he propelled himself into the rank of Graduate Teacher in 1974 to 1976 and there this Nevisian was posted by the Civil Service Establishment of the day to the high and expansive office of Assistant Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Housing and Labour.”
Nisbett then hailed Rawlins for his capacity for hard work, efficiency and fairness which assisted in propelling him into the seat of Acting Head of the Department of Labour St. Kitts and Nevis.
He further added, “The respect and high praise from those whose difficulties you had to adjudicate upon, is testimony to the effective skill and fairness you brought to bear in these deliberations.”
The Attorney General then labelled Justice Rawlins as a role model for judges, citizens, and public servants. Nisbett said Rawlins also played that role while serving as an educator, as a student of law and as a jurist.
Nisbett then thanked Rawlins for his great work and many sacrifices he has made to date for the land of his birth.
He concluded by saying, “We wish you and your family good health and God’s speed as you chart a new path and make other signal contributions not only to your native St. Kitts and Nevis but to the region as a whole.”