Glowing tributes were paid this morning at a special sitting of the Supreme Court to three “fallen comrades” of the judicial system.
The late Director of Public Prosecutions, Charles Leacock, QC; Queen’s Counsel Theodore Walcott and attorney-at-law Eli Edwards, all of whom passed away this year, were fondly remembered by several attorneys, including Acting Attorney General and Minister of Home Affairs Michael Lashley.
In his tribute, Lashley described Leacock, who was appointed DPP in 1994, as “one of the giants of the legal profession”, who provided outstanding leadership to the DPP’s chambers and made a sterling contribution to Barbados.
He also hailed Edwards, a former police station sergeant and court prosecutor, as a “true minister of justice”.
Lashley told the sitting, which began with a moment of silence, and was attended by Acting Governor General Sir Philip Greaves, the country’s criminal justice system benefited greatly from these two men whose contributions, he said, would never be forgotten.
“I am absolutely certain that the professional standards set and the contributions made will positively advance and benefit the jurisprudence and this country’s criminal justice system,” Lashley added.
Fond memories of Edwards were also shared by his friend and colleague Barry Carrington.
“I loved that man as much as a man could love a man and still remain a man,” Carrington, who first met Edwards in the Royal Barbados Police Force, said to the amusement of those at the sitting.
He described the late lawyer as “unselfish with his knowledge”. He also described him as “a prosecutor to the bone” and “a wonderful and friendly judge”.
“His contribution in law was impactful and not as heralded as it should have been,” Carrington added.
In his tribute, Queen’s Counsel Clement Lashley described Magistrate Theodore Walcott as a bold spirit who was “fearless, courageous and probably controversial”.
“He was a stickler for punctuality . . . and fought relentlessly for his clients . . . . He was passionate in the law. Mr Walcott was an upright magistrate and an honest man,” he said.
Roslyn Smith-Miller and Nicole Roachford also paid their last respects on behalf of the Barbados Bar Association, while Acting Director of Public Prosecutions Anthony Blackman represented that office.