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There is a desk calender in the
office of Caribbean Court of Justice
(CCJ) judge Desiree Patricia Bernard
and the words of inspiration for last
Thursday were, "Prayer graces me
with the blessed opportunity to
work in sacred partnership with
God to bring about more blessings."
"I don t do anything in life without
prayer. God has always been my
guide, my mentor. I am deeply reli-
gious," said Benard.
Chancellor of the Anglican diocese
in Guyana where she was born,
Bernard, who is a single mother of
a daughter, attorney Carol Ann
Bernard, said she was a regular
churchgoer and begins and ends her
day with prayer.
At 73, she is due to retire this
month and she spoke to the Guardian
about her long and illustrious legal
career and aspects of her personal
life at the CCJ s office on Henry
The list of her professional qual-
ifications and experience fills eight
pages. But she seemed more inter-
ested in talking about other aspects
of her life.
From her computer, she printed a
copy of a speech she delivered at the
former Inns of Court School of Law
on London in December last year on
"Being a Judge in the Modern World"
Among the issues facing modern
judges are cyber crime, environmental
crimes and, yes, same sex marriages,
which never came up for judicial
consideration 30, 40 years ago, she
The local gay community is clam-
ouring for recognition and rights and
the T&T Guardian asked Bernard
how, with her Christian background,
she would judge such a matter.
Noting she was certain Caribbean
judges would have to deal with gay
rights cases in the not too distant
future (there has been none so far),
she admitted, "It will be difficult to
"In the debate, some churches has
one position and civil society has
Bernard said the Anglican church
in the US, called the Episcopal church,
has its position. This church sup-
ported equal rights for gay and lesbian
She said the Church of England
had its position too. Media reports
said there was a proposal by the
church suggesting clergy should be
able to offer gay marriage service and
should welcome gay people into con-
"There are some dioceses that are
in favour and some are not. Some
say it is something one should never
BERNARD: Young people
growing up without any values
entertain. I think it has been in
existence a long time but has
been kept quiet and subdued."
But she added, "Your own
personal views (as a judge) ought
not to be dominant.
"You are dealing with a legal
issue. Does the law support it?
Is there a provision in the Con-
stitution for it?
"One should try as much as
possible not to reflect personal
views. It s not about you. It s
about the parties before you.
"It s not always an easy thing
Bernard had a few things to
say on the senselessly high mur-
der rate in T&T, as well. "People
are always bemoaning the high
"But I always felt the estab-
lished churches could play a
greater role in helping. If the
churches went out, not wait for
people to come, this would help.
"They have to go into the
communities. Young people are
growing up without any values.
They use the word kill like a
"They need God in their lives.
It would inform them of right
Bernard was appointed the
first female judge in the CCJ and
first female head of the judiciary
She was the first female chief
justice in Guyana, and in the
Caribbean. And the list goes on.
She said: "I didn t set out to
be the first of anything. My first
concern is whether you are up
"The achievement itself is sec-
ondary. If honours come after,
When Bernard was appointed
to the high court bench in 1980,
the judiciary, at that level, was
still a man s world.
"I think we have gone past
that now. There are women
judges in most of the Caribbean
jurisdictions and some have gone
on to head judiciaries. It s no
longer exclusively male."
And she does not think a judi-
cial appointment should be made
because a person is a woman.
"The chief criteria should be
Bernard will spend the next
four or five years of her retire-
ment as judge on the Inter-
American Administrative Tri-
bunal in Washington.
"People feel when you retire
you have time and they put
things on you," she said.
She plans to spend more time
with her daughter and grandson,
Andre Jarvis, and doing the
things she enjoys like reading,
photography and cooking.
"But I always felt the established churches
could play a greater role in helping. If the
churches went out, not wait for people to
come, this would help."
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