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Former Chancellor of the Judiciary, Professor Aubrey Bishop, dies – 7th Feb 2013

shot0006The legal Fraternity is mourning the loss of one of its finest legal minds. Former Chancellor of the Judiciary, Professor Aubrey Bishop, died on Wednesday evening at the GPHC, after a brief period of illness. He was 81 years old.

Today, the opposition party; the People’s National Congress Reform, expressed sorrow on the passing of the former UG Law professor.

The party said, Bishop was appointed a Puisne judge in the High Court of Guyana in 1976; Justice of Appeal in 1987; Chief Justice in 1992 and Chancellor of the Judiciary in January 1995.

Also expressing his condolences was Speaker of the National Assembly, Raphael Trotman. The Speaker said Bishop was “an outstanding jurist who made an outstanding contribution to the legal profession, the judiciary and academia.”

The former Queens College Old boy was called to the English Bar at Lincoln’s Inn, in July 1963 and returned home in 1964, to embark on a career as a Barrister–at-Law at the local bar.

Aubrey Bishop was awarded the Cacique’s Crown of Honour (CCH) and the Order of Roraima (OR), for service of an exceptionally high quality and beyond the normal call of duty in the administration of justice and in the field of law.

Additionally, he also served on the Regional Judicial and Legal Services Commission of the Caribbean Court of Justice.

He also represented Guyana at cricket and football and sat on the World Court of Arbitration for Sport, the CAS.

Professor Bishop is survived by his wife and three children.

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