Chief justice hopes Emelson Principe will return
Judiciary and Court staff, headed by Chief Justice Anthony Smellie, gathered recently for a farewell ceremony in honor of departing court security officer Emelson Principe, who served at the Law Courts Building for four years. Returning to his native Philippines, Mr. Principe is departing in fulfilment of an immigration requirement. Speaking on behalf of the judges and court staff, the chief justice said Mr. Principe was the “embodiment of service.”
The departing officer was honored for his dedication above and beyond the terms of his job, the Chief Justice said, noting that, as one staff had observed, they had never heard the word “no” from him.
Court administrator Kevin McCormac said, “Emelson was the epitome of service. Both as a security officer and as an acting court marshal, he was efficient, dedicated and considerate. Nothing was ever too much trouble for him and he consistently performed his duties to a standard over and above that which could reasonably have been expected. We will all miss him very much.”
Coincidentally, on the eve of his departure, just hours before the ceremony, Mr. Principe jumped in to apprehend an offender who had tried to escape as he was being brought to court.
Mr. Principe was appointed acting court marshal some 18 months ago, acting as and when required.
As a mark of respect for his dedication, staff from all levels of the court, including judges and magistrates, joined in the widely attended ceremony.
The chief justice presented an engraved clock and a monetary gift to which many people had contributed. He said how sorry he was about Mr. Principe’s mandatory departure; he hoped that Mr. Principe would return in a year’s time.
Mr. Principe served as part of the court’s security detail provided by National Security Services Ltd. In December 2013, he also received an award for outstanding service to Judicial Administration.