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Jun 2, 2017

Denys Barrow’s Peers Honor New C.C.J. Judge

New judge of the Caribbean Court of Justice, Denys Barrow, was sworn in to great fanfare and approval on Thursday morning in Belize City. He is the first Belizean on the highest court of the land and the highest ranking Belizean jurist internationally. In the afternoon, it was the turn of Justice Barrow’s colleagues in the Bar to toast him at the Supreme Court in a special sitting also attended by CCJ President Dennis Byron and other representatives of the Court and international jurisprudence. From Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte to President of the Bar Association Pricilla Banner to Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin, the congratulations and sentiment poured forth in recognition of a proud day for Belize and for its native son.


Michael Peyrefitte

Michael Peyrefitte, Attorney General

“It comes as no surprise to me that Justice Barrow, My Lord, based on what I observed from the first day I saw him, has risen to the pinnacle of the legal profession in our country and our region. I only humbly ask that I be allowed in this moment, to pinch myself if I have to, because for sure, I never even dreamt then in that barbershop that I would be standing here as Attorney General of our country, giving these remarks in honor of this legal lion.”


Priscilla Banner

Priscilla Banner, President, Bar Association of Belize

“It gives me great pleasure as the Bar’s representative to congratulate Honorable Justice Denys Barrow on this occasion, and to celebrate with him, his family – Mrs. Emily Barrow and their children – and also to celebrate with all Belizeans on the appointment of Mr. Justice Denys Barrow as a justice of the Caribbean Court of Justice.”


Iliana Swift

Iliana Swift, Attorney  

“Over the years, a number of us young attorneys have had the privilege of working with Mr. Barrow, his honor, and the position is unanimous. He always found time to listen to us and provide feedback and provide guidance. As a young attorney that is most important – when you enter the profession and you realize you don’t know everything and you need help; Mr. Barrow was always there to provide help. He never made our mistakes feel like absolute failures. There was always positive reinforcement, because tomorrow is another day; for us to work harder, we need to work smarter and we’re going to get it right.”


Kenneth Benjamin

Kenneth Benjamin, Chief Justice

“Today is a proud day for Belize. The Bar of Belize is justifiably filled with pride as one of its senior ranks ascends to the apex of the judicial system. In 2010 with the amendment to Section one hundred and four of the Belize Constitution, the Caribbean Court of Justice replaced Her Majesty-In-Council as Belize’s final appellate court. This represented a significant step toward the assertion of sovereignty of a young nation; however, with that, there was not and would never be assurance that a native Belizean would be a member of the Court. It is for that reason that it augurs well for the reputation of the Bar and the destiny of Belize that a true prodigy of the soil has risen to the high office of a judge of the CCJ, from among aspirants globally, purely on the basis of merit.”

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