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Jan 15, 2019

The CJ Acknowledges Retired Justices Lucas and Hanomansingh

There are as many as twelve judges on the Supreme Court bench, however, with the recent retirements of Justices Denis Hanomansingh and Adolph Lucas, two seats are presently available.  Both distinguished judicial officers have served in the high court, but it was Justice Lucas’ diligence and career path which began with him joining the police department many years ago that resonated in the courtroom of Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin on Monday.  While formally acknowledging their departure, the CJ also paid tribute to their respective accomplishments in the judiciary.

 

Kenneth Benjamin

Kenneth Benjamin, Chief Justice

“In December 2018, Mr. Justice Adolph Lucas and Mr. Justice Denis Hanomansingh celebrated their seventy-fifth birthdays and thereupon were obliged to mandatorily retire from the bench.  Both gentlemen had been assigned to the criminal division, Justice Hanomansingh was appointed in January 2011 and thereafter served an approximate period of eight years as a judge of the Supreme Court.  Mr. Justice Lucas has been the consummate public servant and judicial officer, having commenced his working life as a police officer and then moving on to become a private practitioner, crown counsel, magistrate, Director of Public Prosecutions and latterly, a justice of the Supreme Court.  It is well accepted in judicial circles that Justice Lucas has been the in-house oracle and fountain of knowledge.  His approach, his ability, his humility, his devotion to the law are enviable traits worthy of emulation by any judicial officer.  Undoubtedly, he will be missed and we thank both justices for their service.  The process for the replacement of vacancies resulting from the two recent retirements is afoot and an announcement of the resulting appointments is imminent.”


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