Nassau, The Bahamas — Dean and Rector of Christ Church Cathedral The Very Rev’d Patrick Adderley called on justices, magistrates and members of the Bar to give of their very best during a service to mark the opening of the Legal Year.
“If excellence is the watchword of your profession and service, then you ought to endeavour in all things to seek the very best, to give of your best and to work towards achieving your best,” said Dean Adderley.
Among those attending the service at Christ Church Cathedral was Chief Justice Sir Michael Barnett, Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs the Hon. John Delaney, Court of Appeal President Anita Allen, and Commissioner of Police Ellison Greenslade. Students of CH Walker High School were also present. Hon. Justice Estelle Gray-Evans and Ernie Wallace, Deputy Registrar of the Supreme Court read the scriptures and Dr. Sparkman Ferguson was the organist.
Dean Adderley urged those present to govern themselves by the highest ethical standards whether from a sense of duty or obligation.
Public life would not be marked by rancour or bitterness toward others if the best for the community is sought, said the Dean.
“If we sought to be perfect as citizens we would be more prepared to work for the common good and to make our country a better place for all. This entails living responsible, law-abiding lives not being governed by worldly materialism, greed and selfishness but being concerned about the greater good.”
Following the service members of the legal profession joined in a procession to the Supreme Court for a special sitting.