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Boyd Carey a man of principle

Published:Wednesday | May 13, 2015 | 12:00 AM


My first job out of high school in 1968 was in the Resident Magistrate's Court in my hometown Montego Bay. I resigned my post as acting deputy clerk of courts in 1974 to pursue theological studies, but the love for law that then Resident Magistrate Boyd Carey inspired in me is still alive and well.

His was a disciplined and enviable legal mind, and I remember him as a man of principle who disregarded the traditional foolish policy of promotion based simply on length of service. For him, evident interest in law and performance on the job were more crucial criteria for advancement.

I concur with our eminent and very erudite president of the Court of Appeal, Justice Seymour Panton (a clerk of courts during my time), that Justice Boyd Carey should have received a national honour before his death.

I still share stories of him in court in both formal and informal settings.

A legal luminary has left us, indeed. My prayers are with his family.