High Court Judge, Justice Godfrey Smith, SC, who is currently on a 1-month stint in Grenada, has expressed a willingness to “work with the Grenada Bar to make the best” of the time that he has on island, despite the many challenges currently being faced by the judiciary.
The Belizean-born judge gave his commitment at a recent special sitting of the court, held at the St. George’s No. 1 High Court on St. John’s Street to welcome him to the island.
His comment followed remarks made by President of the Grenada Bar Association (GBA), Attorney-at-Law Lisa Taylor, who reiterated her call for a speedy resolution to the ongoing High Court crisis, while addressing the special sitting and that of newly appointed Attorney General, Darshan Ramdhani, who sought to give assurances that everything is going as planned in terms of securing and retrofitting space at the Clico building on Young Street in St. George’s to house a number of high courts.
“I am looking forward to working with the Bar Association to make the best of the time I have,” said Justice Smith who indicated that although he is on a 1-month contract, he might just end up staying a bit longer due to the many challenges already on the surface.
Justice Smith, who has been serving as a judge with the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (ECSC), for the last (2) and a half years, has worked in St. Lucia, the British Virgin Islands (BVI), Antigua and St. Kitts and Nevis, prior to taking up his new assignment in Grenada.
Justice Smith had once served in his homeland as Attorney-General and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Defence and National Emergency Management Organisation under the People’s United Party (PUP).
He replaces Civil Judge, Justice Raulston Glasgow, as the lone civil judge on the island.
Glasgow is reportedly on a 1-month stint in St. Kitts and Nevis.