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Gibson eyed for Chief Justice post

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Legal scholar Marston Gibson is tipped to be Barbados’ next Chief Justice.Gibson has served as a judicial referee, and has taught and practised law in New York, United States, for more than 20 years.It is understood that Gibson, a Rhodes scholar with law degrees from the University of the West Indies and Oxford University in England, is going to be asked by the Thompson administration to assume duties by the beginning of next year. Reached on Long Island where he lives and serves as a “a court attorney referee” who conducts non-jury trials in matrimonial and civil cases, Gibson, a former student of Foundation School and Harrison College, declined to comment on the report. He has served in the New York State Supreme or Surrogate’s courts on Long Island and Manhattan since 1989.“I simply have no comment to make,” Gibson told the Daily Nation.However, well-placed sources in and out of the Thompson Government and the legal profession described Gibson, 56, as the “only candidate” to succeed Sir David Simmons as the nation’s leading judicial officer.“No one else is under consideration for this key position and it is our understanding that Prime Minister David Thompson, Acting Prime Minister Freundel Stuart and Acting Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite have all agreed that he is the best person for the position,” said a source. “He is quite an outstanding and highly trained legal mind and would do well in the job.”Gibson, currently president of the Council of Barbadian Organisations in New York (CBONY), an umbrella body of more than a dozen Bajan associations, recently returned to New York after attending the two-day Diaspora Conference in Barbados earlier this month.A lecturer at the University of the West Indies campuses at Cave Hill in Barbados and St Augustine in Trinidad and Tobago before going to the United States in 1987, Gibson has had an array of prominent public figures in his classrooms during their days as law students. Heading the list are Prime Minister Thompson; Kamla Persad-Bissessar, Trinidad and Tobago’s first female prime minister; Dr Kenny Anthony, a former prime minister of St  Lucia; Senator Liz Thompson, a former Cabinet minister in the Owen Arthur administration; Acting Attorney General Brathwaite; Justice Jacqueline Cornelius; Hugh Rawlins, chief justice of the Eastern Caribbean Court; and Justice Winston Anderson, who was recently elevated to the Caribbean Court of Justice.Gibson, who also taught law as a member of the faculty of continuing education of Lehman College of the City University of New York, sings in the choir of St George’s Episcopal Church on Long island, and serves as the parish’s legal adviser.

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