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Posted: Wednesday, January 12, 2022. 11:56 am CST.

By Aaron Humes: The Supreme Court returns next week Monday – from a distance.

Over the years pageantry and spectacle have attached themselves to the ceremonial opening of the legal and judicial year every third Monday in January.

Judges, attorneys, and staff of the Judiciary, Magistracy and related offices typically meet at one of the cornerstone churches of Belize City – Holy Redeemer Cathedral, Wesley Church, or the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Baptist – for a church service, from thence they parade to the Supreme Court building at Regent Street and Treasury Lane for an inspection of the guard of honor and subsequent speeches reviewing the legal year and the year to come by the Chief Justice, Attorney General and President of the Bar Association of Belize.

However, last year’s ceremony was virtual due to COVID-19 and this year’s festivities will also be.

The church service took place on Tuesday afternoon at Holy Redeemer followed by the small parade over the Swing Bridge from North Front Street to Regent and Treasury.

It was taped and will be shown in its entirety on Monday, January 17, along with speeches from Acting Chief Justice Michelle Arana; Attorney General Magali Marin-Young, and the Bar’s president, Illiana Swift. Commissioner of Police Chester Williams was also in attendance.

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