An emotional day in court, as a leading high court judge literally broke down in tears as she addressed a special sitting of the Grenada Supreme Court last Friday, to bid farewell to the Spice Island after a six year stint on the bench in Grenada.
Addressing members of the legal profession at the number one Supreme Court in what was tipped to be her final address to the court as a high court Judge in Grenada, Madam Justice Margaret Price Findley, who has been reassigned to the Supreme Court of St Lucia, uncontrollably broke down into tears and although she made it known that she really did not want members of the profession to see that side of her, the tears continued to flow as she reminisced on six memorable years as a judge in Grenada and people whom she had come into contact with.
Judge Findley said she was blessed with an extraordinary staff she had had no hand in choosing but was hard working and did everything in their power to make her job comfortable. She pointed out the court clerk, the secretary, drivers, members of the police force, inner and outer bar among others.
The Judge noted that she is convinced she is now a far better judge than when she first entered Grenada.
The day’s sitting was highlighted with a number of glowing tributes to the outgoing jurist by members of the legal fraternity for what many dubbed her dedication to duty, and her no nonsense approach to getting the job done.
Among those paying tribute were Grenada’s Attorney General Cajeton Hood, who identified the legacy left by Judge Findley as commitment in getting the job done. Hood said unlike many who just talk about effecting change, Justice Price Findley would ensure that she gets it done. In fact, he said, she was most instrumental in forcing the hands of the authority into getting the new court building for the administration of justice in Grenada.
Speaking on behalf of the office of the Director of Public Prosecution was Crown Counsel Crisan Greenidge who described Justice Price Findley as not just a judge but family, a woman of great integrity, approachable, motherly, compassionate, forgiving, someone who has a great sense of humour; a friend whom she has great difficulties in saying goodbye to.
Greenidge referred to Justice Findley as someone who “lived Grenada” and over her six years stay, made Grenada a home. Recently she was appointed president of the Rotary Club of Grenada, was involved in Carnival, other charitable organizations and the list she said, could go on.
Speaking on behalf of the Inner Bar was Mrs. Celia Edwards, Q C, who said although the occasion says farewell, the legal fraternity in Grenada would refuse to bid farewell to Judge Findlay on the basis that Grenada is going to keep its doors open to welcome her at any time.
Edwards further reconfirmed the sentiment expressed by previous speakers identifying the judge as one that stick to the task and gets the job done. She added that the scholarship of the judge did not only leave a mark on the jurisprudential landscape of Grenada where she operated without fair of favor irrespective of the type of matters or individual before her but also on the social fabric of society.
President of the Grenada Bar Association Ruggles Ferguson, on behalf of the association thanked the judge for her six years of service to Grenada and commended her for forthrightness and standing the test of time despite the many challenges that are associated with functioning as a judge in Grenada.
Also adding to the list of commendations was defense counsel Ashley Bernadine and fellow judge Madam Justice Paula Gilford who spoke on behalf of the Bench.
Justice Price Findley, who six years ago replaced Justice Claire Henry, is expected to leave Grenada some time in September to take up her new posting.