Justice Bernard retires from CCJ
They struggled for words today to describe the remarkable career of a remarkable woman, Justice Desiree Bernard, but two words enveloped glowing tributes today – excellence and integrity. With a career spanning decades, she is rightly said to have lived her life in the law, achieving heights no other woman jurist in the Caribbean has – from first female Chief Justice and Chancellor in Guyana and the Caribbean, to the first woman on the Caribbean highest court, the CCJ, something she said she never imagined, not in her wildest dreams.
Today, she was feted by the CCJ at a Special Sitting held at the International Conference Centre. Starting off with the tributes was Sir Dennis Byron, the President of the CCJ.
Reacting to the tributes, Justice Bernard spoke to members on the legal profession on the justice they seek to provide.
More than her experience and knowledge, Justice Bernard also helped to school fellow judges on Guyanese lingo.
And with that bit of wit thrown in to the proceedings, The President of the CCJ decided that he should continue along that line, and so they all burst out singing.
As regards her future, Justice Bernard was sure that the CCJ would have work for, but as for recreation in the short term, she is planning on something we would not ordinarily call recreation, but it is for her.
And the end of today’s ceremony, Attorney General Anil Nandlall presented copies of the laws of Guyana and the law reports of Guyana to the President of the CCJ, something no other country has done.