Denys Barrow New Justice of the CCJ Print E-mail
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Thursday, 16 February 2017 00:00

He is perhaps Belize’s foremost legal mind and once again the country will lose him for the benefit of the Caribbean region. Reliable reports have confirmed that Senior Counsel Denys Barrow will be appointed as a Justice of the Caribbean Court of Justice.

Barrow was recently invited to become a Justice of the CCJ and has communicated his acceptance. This will be the second time that he has left Belize to loan his legal mind to the region. Barrow previously served as a Justice of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court of Appeal. He returned to Belize at the end of 2008 and was appointed as a Justice of the Court of Appeal on August 10, 2009. Accepting this appointment was one of great financial sacrifice since the salary was miniscule compared to what he would earn in private practice. He accepted the nomination though, factoring in his pension due from service at the Eastern Caribbean Judiciary as part of his incoming earnings. When the relationship went sour with the Association of Eastern Caribbean States and they refused to grant pension, Barrow returned to private practice with his financial well being to consider. 

This new position will be the most prominent office he has ever held. He will become the first Belizean to sit on the region’s highest appellate court. His appointment is to become effective on June 1, 2017.