After more than 25 years as a policeman
and then immigration officer in Cayman, Dennis Brady will soon be returning to
court in another capacity – that of attorney.
Mr. Brady was called to the Bar of
the Cayman Islands on 8 January before a large
gathering of family members and colleagues. Attorney Anthony Akiwumi moved the
application, which was granted by Chief Justice Anthony Smellie.
Mr. Akiwumi said the incomparable
and invaluable experience gained by Mr. Brady’s odyssey through public life would
stand him in good stead for the challenges he would face as a member of the
Cayman Islands Bar. “Law Enforcement’s loss is undoubtedly the legal profession’s
gain and this has been evident throughout his articles where he has brought
insight into difficult areas of law and practice;
his contribution to the many cases we have undertaken cannot be underestimated.”
The Chief Justice said he felt
personally moved to comment that Mr. Akiwumi’s description of Mr. Brady as
intelligent, hard-working and dedicated was well-deserved .However, he
continued, no word described Mr. Brady
more profoundly than integrity.
“This I can
say, not only from his general reputation as a law enforcement officer in this
jurisdiction, but also from my own
first-hand experience of having prosecuted many cases here and in Jamaica
in which he was the lead investigator. There never, even once, was even a
hint of unfairness in his approach to his work,” the Chief Justice said.
Mr. Brady left
and joined the police force in Cayman on 18 September 1983. His service included
work with both the Criminal Investigation Department and the Drug Squad. He
began his studies at the Cayman Islands Law School in 1991 and was called to
the Bar at Lincoln‘s Inn in the UK in 2001.
He moved to
the Immigration Department in 2003, but continued to work with the police as a
special constable, most notably in 2004, when much of Grand
Cayman was without electricity after Hurricane Ivan. He took leave
of absence from the civil service in 2008 and served his articles with the firm
of Stuarts Walker Hersant.
In his first address to the court, Mr.
Brady cited the policeman’s pledge, “Wherever I may serve”. He said qualifying
as an attorney in Cayman translated into another form of service, “for the
greater good of this society that I have come to regard as home and justice for
The phrase “justice for all” has
been his mission for 35 years, he said. “My commitment to ensure that there was
justice equally for the offender as much as it was desirable for the victim has been unswerving and I have come to recognise
the dire urgency for active
participation by all who share in the concept of justice for all.”
People who make a living defending,
prosecuting or dispensing judgments, or who make policies or pass legislation
must be involved, he indicated.
“Those of us working, resident and
native in these Cayman Islands, we – all of us – are required now to be counted
on the side of right and justice for all in the face of unacceptable deviant
and criminal conduct which now threatens the ways of life and living that we
may have inadvertently come to take for granted,” he said.
“In the face of this clear and
present danger now confronting us, we can ill-afford remaining passive,
detached and uncaring, thereby emboldening and surrendering to the forces that
choose to alienate themselves from all that is decent – indeed, from all that
is lawful and represents a place hitherto unique for its peacefulness.
“Justice for all demands
participative action by all, Mr.
Brady declared. “It is the single means by which we all ensure the balance that
guarantees our collective peaceful
He said justice for all “is not
confined to those who are privileged enough to access it, but is intended for
and is made accessible to all. It is an eternal bestowal and human rights
entitlement encompassing all who live and work in these Islands.”
Mr. Brady ended his remarks by
predicting that “history will not absolve
us, nor will our children forgive us, if we fail to now do what is our
obligation: to guarantee for them the longevity of the ways of life that we
were hitherto benefactors and beneficiaries of, and whereby justice for all
shall remain an indelible guarantee.”
He thanked his
wife and sons for their understanding and support during the years he was
working and studying. He saluted various colleagues in the police and
immigration department and expressed gratitude to the attorneys who oversaw his
Justice called Mr. Brady’s speech very insightful and said it was clear he had
given a lot of thought to what he would say. He added, “I am pleased to have
been the first judge to witness your talent for advocacy – a talent which I
hope will bring you very often to Court.”