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Honouring Outstanding Advocacy

CJ Judges Mr. Alberga: From L: Justice the Hon. Angus Foster, QC; Chief Justice the Hon. Anthony Smellie, QC; retiring advocate Ramon Alberga, QC, Justice the Hon. Charles Quin, QC and Justice Sir Peter Cresswell

Senior attorney Ramon Alberga, QC, has received the stellar honour of having his portrait join a photo gallery that features past judges of the CI Grand Court.

Chief Justice the Hon. Anthony Smellie, QC, together with Justices the Hon. Charles Quin, QC, the Hon. Angus Foster, QC, and Sir Peter Cresswell, welcomed Mr. Alberga and family members to witness the portrait's placement on the east wall of the Grand Court foyer.

During a brief ceremony on Friday (21 January) Mr. Alberga described the honour as being one of his most significant. He said it was in keeping with the tribute accorded him - also by the Chief Justice - at the formal opening of the Grand Court's 2011 session on 12 January, to commemorate his six decades of service.

Mr. Alberga said that since 1964, he had cherished his appearances before the court and deeply valued the Cayman court's respect for fairness, integrity and independence.

He also paid a tribute to his wife Pansy who, he said, had played an integral role in making his career a success. Also present were son Charles and daughters Mary, Jodie and Cathy.

The Chief Justice noted that the prime reason for honouring Mr. Alberga was simple: "To us, you epitomise what a lawyer should be; you have provided the public of these Islands with legal services at the highest level across the broadest spectrum of cases for more than 35 years."

He continued, "But not only that, more to the point of this humble recognition that the judges now offer to you - you have always recognised and fulfilled your duty as an officer of the Court and the elder statesman of the bar to uphold the administration of justice by your unstinting support of the judiciary over the years in circumstances too numerous to mention," adding that despite his decision to retire, Mr. Alberga would still be called upon occasionally for advice.


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