The Right Honourable Sir Charles Michael Dennis Byron, (first son and nephew respectively of former Local Preachers Bros. Vincent and Howard Byron, and brother of one of the organists at the Immanuel Methodist Chapel in Sandy Point, Bro. Terry Byron), will be sworn in as President of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) at 5.30p.m. on Thursday, 1st September, 2011.
The ceremony will take place at Government House here in St. Kitts. Officials of the CCJ will also be present. Superintendent Minister of Methodist churches on St. Kitts, the Rev. Dr. Wycherley Gumbs, will be among those officiating at the ceremony.
Before leaving St. Kitts for his first regional posting, Sir Dennis was a staunch member of the Wesley congregation, where he was baptized, participated in the life of the church and later in life, was married.
Sir Dennis assumes duty at the CCJ upon completion of his assignment as President of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR). A number of dignitaries from various parts of the world where he has served are expected to be in St. Kitts for the event.
The Methodist Church family heartily extends congratulations to Sir Dennis on his appointment to the Presidency of this regional body.
In preparation for the swearing-in of Sir Dennis, a Public Lecture will be held at the U.W.I. Open Campus on Wednesday, August 31st, 2011, starting at 5:30 p.m. The Lecture is designed to sensitize the general public in St. Kitts and Nevis about the role, function and importance of the Caribbean Court of Justice. At this Lecture, members of the general public will be able to interact with the president and judges of the court.
An invitation is extended to the general public to attend.