The Right Honourable Sir Vincent Floissac QC, OBE, CMG, PC
Former Chief Justice and President of the Court of Appeal of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court
The Rt. Hon. Sir Vincent Floissac was a former Chief Justice and President of the Court of Appeal of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, having served in that capacity from November 1991 to July 1996.
Early life and education
Vincent Frederick Floissac was born on 31 July 1928. He was educated at Saint Mary's College and was St. Lucia’s Open Island Scholarship winner in 1948. He enrolled at the University College, London University, where he obtained his LLB degree with Honours in 1951. He then entered the Inns of Court School of Law (Gray’s Inn) where he successfully completed the Bar Finals before being called to the Bar of England in 1952. He also obtained his LLM at London University in 1953.
Sir Vincent practiced law in the island of St. Lucia for 37 years between 1953 and 1991.
He was a member of the Seychelles Court of Appeal between 1988 and 1991.
Floissac was the first president of the Saint Lucian Senate in 1979. He was also an Honorary Bachelor of Gray’s Inn, and has been a member of the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council from 1992.
Between 1969 and 1975, Sir Vincent was a Nominated Member and Deputy Speaker of the St. Lucia House of Assembly. In 1979 he was installed as the First President of the Senate of St. Lucia.
He was Governor General’s Deputy on various occasions in 1983 and 1988, and acted as Governor-General of St. Lucia from May 1987 to October 1988.
Sir Vincent was an avid sportsman and represented Saint Lucia in the sport of lawn tennis. He was also Saint Lucia’s Table Tennis Champion in 1943.
Honours and awards
For his numerous contributions to the legal profession, and his public service, Sir Vincent was awarded Silk in 1969; made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1973; a Commander of the Order of St. Michael and St. George (CMG) in 1985; and awarded a Knight Bachelorhood (KB) in 1992.
Following a lengthy bout with cancer, Floissac died on 25 September 2010 at the age of 82. He is buried in Castries City Cemetery.
He was survived by his wife Lady Marilyn Floissac and twin daughters, Heather and Brenda.