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The attorneys who yesterday received silk, with Attorney General Freundel Stuart (fourth from left).


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Attorneys admitted to Inner Bar


FIRST and last!

The 13 attorneys who were yesterday given silk, were the first to be admitted to the Inner Bar under the new procedure decided by Cabinet last November 20, and published in the Official Gazette last December 25.

Stating this yesterday at a special sitting was Barbados’ Chief Justice, Sir David Simmons.

He added however that he was “fairly confident that you will, in all probability, be the last to be admitted to the dignity and honour of Queen’s Counsel, in this building. I hesitate to be more definite in my expectations but, sometime later this year, I expect that the new Supreme Court complex at Whitepark Road, will be opened for legal business.”

It is planned that when the Courts go on their annual holiday next month, to start the move into the much-awaited ultra-modern complex.

The 13 new Queen’s Counsel are – Barbados’ first female Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions, Donna Babb-Agard; Deputy Chief Parliamentary Counsel in the Attorney-General’s chambers, Cynthia Herbert; Deputy Solicitor-General, Beverley Gadsby; former Diplomat, Dr. Waldo Waldron-Ramsay; former Government Minister, Keith Simmons; Olsen Alleyne, who has acted as High Court Judge; Edmund King, brother of former Attorney-General, Maurice King; Marguerite Woodstock-Riley, who has followed her mother’s footsteps, Ena Collymore-Woodstock, the first female to sit on the Bench in Jamaica; Mary Mahabir, founder and managing partner of Lex Caribbean; Alwyn Archer, Basil Giles, Norman Thomas and Cecil McCarthy.

Absent was Michael Springer.

The attorneys were introduced by Attorney-General, Freundel Stuart, Q.C.

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