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H.D. Carberry, the Poet-Judge

Many persons are familiar with H.D. Carberry as the author of the poem, Nature.  However, his career in the legal field may not be as well-known. As I wind down our focus on Carberry, here are some facts on the distinguished career of this poet-judge.

  • Carberry already had law in his DNA and was the son of Sir John Carberry, a Chief Justice of Jamaica.
  • He attended St. Catherine College, Oxford University, and read law at Middle Temple
  • Called to the Bar in 1951, he engaged in private practice in Jamaica for a while.
  • From 1969-1978, Carberry was Clerk to the Houses of Parliament, and was also a member of the Parliamentary Association.
  • H.D. Carberry was appointed Judge of the Jamaican Court of Appeal in 1978, and served in this position for approximately 10 years.


Leonard Dabydeen said...

And you be judge
I say
for all this rule of law
with the Caribbean sea
cooling shanti towns
over yonder
blue mountains
I will remain
on this rock
smoking pot
like coconut trees
rasta no come
to see me
humming a song
with Bob Marley.

Yasmin Morais said...

Leonard, thanks for your comment. Love that poem, and nuff respect to Bob Marley!