The island’s Head of State, judicial leaders, representatives of the security services and legal fraternity went to church this morning.
Governor-General Sir Elliott Belgrave joined Chief Justice Marston Gibson, other judges, magistrates, Director of Public Prosecutions, Charles Leacock, Commissioner of Police Darwin Dottin and a host of other officials and the ordinary man in St. Mary’s Anglican Church to mark the official opening of the Legal Year, 2012-2013.
The service, which took on an inter-denominational flavour, involved participation by Dean of the St. Michael’s Cathedral, Dr. Frank Marshall, Methodist Minister, Roslyn Harper-Johnson and cleric Rosalind Hamblin of the Moravian Church.
Worshippers were welcomed by St. Mary’s Church Rector Dr. Von Watson. Aspects of the service were also presented by members of the judiciary and legal fraternity. Justice of Appeal Sherman Moore read the first lesson from the Book of Isaiah ch.55 vs.1-13, while the second lesson was recited by Wilfred Abrahams of the Barbados Bar Association.
The congregation heard prayers for the leaders in the country, including Governor-General Sir Elliott, Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, Leader of the Opposition Owen Arthur, Chief Justice Gibson, Members of Parliament and the judiciary.
Part of the prayer asked that all managers be enabled to deal kindly and respectfully in the exercise of their mandates and that workers be inspired to labour not as eye servants, but with the confidence of partnership in industry and the building of community.
Once the church service ended, the procession moved over to the Supreme Court complex where the Chief Justice inspected a guard of honour at the front of the court. The guard of honour comprised members of the Royal Barbados Police Force.
Gibson was accompanied by commander of the parade, Assistant Superintendent John Annel and Dottin. That ceremony came immediately before Gibson delivered his addressed to the court on the inside. (EJ)