|Volume No. 1 Issue No. 64 - Friday January 14, 2005|
|Dominican Jurist Justice Telford Georges |
by Thomson Fontaine
Justice P. Telford Georges of Dominica was one of the Caribbean's most respected legal luminaries. He died on January 13, 2004.
Professionally, Justice Georges boasted a brilliant career in the legal field serving the Caribbean Region as a Judge of the High Court and Acting Justice of Appeal of Trinidad and Tobago and Chief Justice of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.
He served across the Region in various capacities including appointments as Justice of Appeal in the Courts of Belize, Bermuda and the Cayman Islands, Justice Georges epitomised regionalism.
His career in law led him to extend his services beyond the Caribbean to Africa where he functioned as Chief Justice of Tanzania, and as Judge of the Supreme Court and Chief Justice of Zimbabwe.
His contribution to the Region was further visible in his tenure as Professor of Law at the University of the West Indies where his impact on legal education was profound.
His prominence and stature as a legal practitioner attracted numerous opportunities to serve on various legal bodies among which were posts he held as Member of the Judicial Committee on the Highest Court of Appeal of the Commonwealth, the British Privy Council, Member of the Judicial Committee of the Organization of American States, Member of the Administrative Tribunal of the IDB, Member of the University of the West Indies Chancellor's Commission on Governance, Member of the International Commission of Jurists and Chairman of the Regional Constituent Assembly of the Windward Islands.
His service to the Region continued in his capacity as Law Reform Commissioner in The Bahamas, and he also served as Chairman of the Dominica Constitution Review Committee.
As an acknowledgement of his remarkable contribution to the practice of law and legal education, several Universities, including the University of the West Indies, conferred an Honorary Doctor of Law degree on this eminent son of the Caribbean soil.
Undoubtedly, this distinguished Dominican left an indelible mark in the annals of justice the world over, and will be sorely missed.