A new face is now sitting on the Bench as a Magistrate.
St. Andrew’s-based lawyer Teddy St. Louis has been appointed to serve as Magistrate for St. David’s and Sauteurs.
St. Louis’ elevation to the Bench is as a result of a vacant position left by Magistrate Henry Paryag who recently stepped down.
Magistrate Paryag previously served in Grenville, and that position is now taken by Magistrate Nevlyn John who had been presiding over court matters in St. David’s and Sauteurs.
St. Louis, the son of former Magistrate Lloyd St. Louis, was appointed in October by the Judicial and Legal Service Commission to his new position in the legal profession.
Describing himself as being a humble individual, Magistrate St. Louis told THE NEW TODAY that he is not easily swayed by trappings.
St. Louis previously served as a Magistrate in various courthouses on the island and now sees his full-fledged appointment to the bench as a means of giving some service back to the country that has given him a lot.
“I see this as a public service. This country has been very good to me, and I think it is my little way of returning something to a country that has been good to me,” he remarked.
The newly appointed magistrate credited Grenada for his educational qualifications.
Magistrate St. Louis who is a graduate of the Grenada Boys Secondary School said he was fortunate to be able to write his A’ Levels Subjects free of cost.
However, he was especially grateful to the former National Democratic Congress (NDC) Government of Sir Nicholas Brathwaite for paying the economic cost to facilitate his studies of law at the University of the West Indies.
According to St. Louis, Grenada was declared as uncreditworthy at the time and UWI had stopped accepting local students due to Grenada’s failure to meet its financial obligations.
He said the then Finance Minister, the late George Brizan negotiated with UWI to once again have the students accepted at the regional university.
“It is as a result of all of that I am where I am today,” he added.
According to Magistrate St. Louis, after spending 18 years in private practice as a lawyer, his new responsibility comes as second nature.
However, he was quick to admit that in dispensing justice on the Bench he has to adopt a “Solomonic” approach.
The new Magistrate pointed out that after performing as a defense counsel for all those years, he now gets an opportunity to see things from a different side and this calls for new skills and a new perspective to come into play.
“You now have to think of the interest of the virtual complainant, you have to look at the interest of the public, the community. You also have to look at the interest of the defendant to some extent… and be Solomonic in your decision,” he said.
Magistrate St. Louis was called to the Bar in 1995.