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Barbados’ Chief Justice, Sir David Simmons accompanied by Parade Commander, Superintendent William Yearwood (right) and acting Commissioner of Police, Bertie Hinds.

 
   

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Colonial past ends with opening of new Supreme Court

10/6/2009

OUT with the old, in with the new!

On a morning in brilliant sunshine, the administration of justice in Barbados yesterday severed its links with the colonial past after some 278 years as it shifted to its new Supreme Court building in the nearby Whitepark Road, St. Michael.

This historic occasion saw Barbados’ Chief Justice Sir David Simmons taking the parade for the first time which comprised a contingent from the Band of the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF) and members of the RBPF who assembled in the parade square in front of the new Supreme Court.

During his inspection of the Parade, he was accompanied by Parade Commander, Superintendent William Yearwood and acting Commissioner of Police, Bertie Hinds.

After an address in the No. 1 Supreme Court to officially open the Commencement of the Legal Year 2009/2010, the Band gave a fanfare which heralded the opening of the proceedings.

Sir David said “This year must surely be a watershed in the legal history of Barbados and today’s ceremony in this building is undoubtedly an historic occasion”.

Noting that after 278 years, the administration of justice in Barbados had severed its links with its colonial past, the Chief Justice said “Its centre of gravity has now shifted to a new building, reflecting the majesty of the law in a confident democracy and befitting the third arm of government in post-independence Barbados”.

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