|The Honourable Cecil Arthur Kelsick, TC
Former Chief Justice, Trinidad and Tobago
Cecil Arthur Kelsick was a Trinidad and Tobago jurist and former Chief Justice.
Early life and education
Cecil Arthur Kelsick was born on 15 July 1920 in Dominica. He was educated at Montserrat Grammar School. In 1938, he was awarded the Leeward Islands scholarship to study Law at King's College, University of London (LLB, 1941; AKC, 1942). He was admitted to practice at the Inner Temple in 1941.
In Trinidad and Tobago, he served as a legal draughtsman and Solicitor General from 1957 to 1977. He was appointed to the High Court as a Judge on 1 February 1961. Kelsick served as Chief Justice of Trinidad and Tobago from 1983-1985.
During his tenure as Chief Justice the Hall of Justice was opened in October 1985; and all courts excluding the Magistrates' Court were transfered to this complex.
He retried from the bench in December 1985.
Honours and awards
Kelsick was appointed a Silk Queen's Counsel in 1964.
He was awarded the Trinity Cross, Trinidad and Tobago's highest national honour in 1985.
Kelsick served as Vice President of the Scout Association, President of Harvard Sports Club, and a Member of the Board of Management of Holy Name Convent.
Kelsick died on 29 September 2017, aged 97.