Monday 22 July, 2019

Judiciary mourns passing of former Chief Justice

The Judiciary of Trinidad and Tobago joins the legal fraternity and national community in mourning the passing of retired Chief Justice Cecil Arthur Kelsick TC who was Chief Justice of T&T from 1983-1985.

In a statement issued on Thursday, Chief Justice Ivor Archie offered condolences to the children and other relatives of the deceased on behalf of the Judiciary.

According to the release, Justice Kelsick is remembered for his unwavering championing of an independent Judiciary as enshrined in the Constitution.

Known for his elegance of language indicative of his legal acumen and mastery, the retired Chief Justice during his tenure as chairman of the Council of Legal Education oversaw the establishment of the Hugh Wooding Law School as an administratively autonomous institution with its own Principal. He also obtained regional consensus to amend the Agreement Governing the Council of Legal Education in a manner that allowed the fusion of the legal profession in T&T.

Justice Kelsick began his illustrious legal career after graduating from King’s College London where he obtained his LLB IN 1941.

In Trinidad and Tobago his wide-ranging public service began with him serving as a legal draftsman, later as Director of Public Prosecutions, Solicitor General and on occasion, he acted as Attorney General.

A family and community man, Justice Kelsick was honoured as father of the year in 1979. He was an avid West Indies Cricket fan and also served the Scout Association as Vice President as the Havard Sports Club President. He was also a member of the Board of Management of the Holy Name Convent in Port of Spain.

The retired and now late Chief Justice was awarded the Trinity Cross, Trinidad and Tobago's highest national honour, in 1985.

Members of the Judiciary, legal fraternity and public are invited to sign the condolence books located at the Supreme Court in Port of Spain, San Fernando and Tobago, from Monday, October 12 between the hours of 10:30 am 3:30 pm.

Kelsick will be buried at the All Saints; Anglican Church, Marli Street, Queens Park West, Port of Spain at 9 am on October 7.

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