Chief Justice of Grenada

The Chief Justice of Grenada is the head of the Supreme Court of Grenada which consists of the High Court with three justices and a two-tier Court of Appeal.[1]

The original High Court of Grenada was replaced by the Windward and Leeward Islands Supreme Court and the Windward and Leeward Islands Court of Appeal in 1939; both of the latter were replaced in 1967 by the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court which performs both functions.[2] The Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, known in Grenada as the Supreme Court of Grenada and the West Indies Associated States, is headquartered in St Lucia, and is now the superior court of record for Grenada and the other Caribbean states which comprise the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States.

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  11. ^ "No. 27886". The London Gazette. 16 February 1906. p. 1135.
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  13. ^ Sir Gilbert Falkingham Clayton (1969). An Arabian Diary. University of California Press. p. 325.
  14. ^ "No. 32209". The London Gazette. 28 January 1921. p. 779.
  15. ^ Staff writer (28 September 1985). "Nedd Announces Disqualification and Retirement". The Grenada Newsletter. Vol. 13 no. 12. pp. 1–2 – via University of Florida Digital Collections. Seven days later, on September 23rd, Sir Archibald, 69, said in an interview that he would leave the bench on 31st December next.
  16. ^ Staff writer (23 November 1985). "Chief Justice Retires". The Grenada Newsletter. Vol. 13 no. 16. pp. 1–3 – via University of Florida Digital Collections. The Barrister's Benches in the Grenada High Court were crowded on November 20th as the Grenada Bar said farewell to Chief Justice Sir Archibald Nedd who went on leave that day prior to his resignation from the Bench which takes effect at the end of the year.
  17. ^ Staff writer (11 July 1987). "Ramsay Guilty of Contempt". The Grenada Newsletter. Vol. 15 no. 10. p. 1 – via University of Florida Digital Collections. The second arises from Mr Ramsay's charge that his constitutional rights have been violated by Acting Chief Justice James Patterson.
  18. ^ Staff writer (1990). Caribbean Insight. 13-14. Goodyear Gibbs (Caribbean). p. 20. A St. Lucia-born barrister, Carol Bristol, has been appointed Chief Justice, replacing Sir Samuel Graham, who resigned at the end of March.
  19. ^ Staff writer (14 October 2014). "Tribute to Carol Bristol, QC". Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court. St. Lucia.
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