(CMR) Justice C. Dennis Morrison (73), a judge in the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal who served in numerous jurisdictions, including his home country, Jamaica, passed away on Saturday, 3rd February.
Justice Morrison was appointed Justice of the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal in 2015 and became a member of the Cayman Islands Judicial Education Committee in 2016.
After being called to the Bar in Jamaica in 1975, Morrison worked as a lawyer for 25 years before becoming a judge. In 2008, he was appointed to the Court of Appeal of Jamaica and was later appointed as its president in January 2016.
Jamaica's Justice Minister Delroy Chuck told Jamaica Gleaner Morrison, a former Rhodes Scholar, was an “outstanding jurist” who taught “probably most of the lawyers presently in practice”.
“He has been a friend for the better part of 50 years…. he and I were in Oxford [University] together, and he will be remembered for his outstanding scholarship, humanity, and great contribution to the development of law in Jamaica,” Chuck said.
He served as a judge of the Court of Appeal of Belize from 2004 to 2015 and also acted as a judge of the Eastern Caribbean Court of Appeal in January 2015.
Morrison is survived by his wife Janet, who is an attorney, and their children.