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GIS – The body of retired Justice Suzie D’Auvergne lies in repose at the House of Parliament today, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., ahead of her official funeral on Friday, Aug. 29.
Viewing of the body will be open to the public from 12 noon, following a schedule of official visits from Acting Governor-General His Excellency Dr. Emsco Remy, Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Kenny D. Anthony, the Chief Justice, former Heads of Government and other officials. Official visits beginning at 9 a.m. A condolence book will be open for signing.
Justice D’Auvergne, who passed away on Aug. 18, was regarded as a pioneer.
“This iconic lady in many respects chartered the course for female attorneys in Saint Lucia with a series of firsts in her career,” an official biography stated. “She was the first Saint Lucian female Magistrate, the first female to hold the position of Director of Public Prosecutions, the first ever Solicitor General and the first Saint Lucian female to be appointed as a judge.”
Described by her colleagues as a person of unquestionable integrity, with an unbridled passion for the law, “it was her lifelong goal to be a judge, and in pursuit of this, attained a law degree at the University of London in 1972, before being called to the bar in 1975,” the biography read.
“Her contribution to jurisprudence was not limited to the region, since she was named judge of the International Labor Organization (ILO) Administrative Tribunal and served as a judge of the Organization of American states (OAS) Administrative Tribunal,” it continued.
Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Kenny Anthony, in a statement on her passing, described the late Justice as fearless, impartial and inexhaustible in matters of the law.
“She dispensed justice impartially and was never afraid to speak her mind. No one ever questioned her judicial decisions,” he said.
The funeral for the late Justice will be held at the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception on Friday, Aug. 29 at 2 pm. Her body will interned at the Choc Cemetery.