Weekes, Barbados’ newest High Court judge
Barbados welcomed its newest High Court judge today just after 10 a.m. when Madam Justice Michelle Weekes took the Oath of Allegiance and Judicial Oath before Governor General and members of her family and friends at Government House.
Among those witnessing the brief ceremony were Justice Weekes’ mother Hilda Weekes, sisters Carolyn Jean Paul and Claire Weekes-Goring, niece attorney-at-law Deborah Ferdinand who practises in the United States; nephew Adeleke Goring; brother-in- law David Jean-Paul and close friend and attorney-at-law Monique Taitt.
In a brief interview with Barbados TODAY following the ceremony, Justice Weekes declined to be drawn into the issue where persons charged with murder were being granted bail, suggesting that all queries on that should be addressed to Chief Justice Sir Marston Gibson for a comment.
However, reacting to her elevation, Madam Justice Weekes said: “This is an extremely proud moment, not just for myself, but for my family and close friends. All I can do at this time is to pledge to do my best as I have been doing all along. I certainly hope and envisage that I would continue to uphold justice in Barbados in the same way that previous judges have.”
Giving a summary of her career, Justice Weekes recalled that she started off her career in the Attorney General’s Chambers, really in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Foreign Service Officer.
Justice Weekes further recalled that she came through the ranks as Crown Counsel, Senior Crown Counsel, Principal Crown Counsel and later appointed a magistrate and recently acted as Registrar of the the Supreme Court and also as master of the High Court.