A new system is being put in place, through a Practice Note, for Magistrates of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (ECSC).
The Practice Note which was issued by Chief Justice, Sir Hugh Rawlins just before he demitted Office came into effect as of September 1.
The purpose of the Practice Note is to change the form of address with the intention to promote uniformity in the jurisdictions in the ECSC.
In all Member-States and Territories of the ECSC, magistrates are to now be referred to as “Your Honour.”
Sir Rawlins has also directed that a Magistrate may wear a robe when presiding in court, and for other official functions.
The Practice Note is to regulate the style and title, and court attire after consultation and the concurrence of Heads of Government of the OECS Member-States and Territories at the 55th meeting of the OEC Authority held on June 11 in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
In Grenada there are six magistrates, four of whom are females.