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Patterson expresses sadness at Duffus' passing
Observer Reporter
Wednesday, October 30, 2002


PATTERSON...Dufus had a remarkable career in the legal profession.

PRIME Minister PJ Patterson yesterday expressed his sadness at the passing of former chief justice, Sir Herbert Duffus.

A release from the prime minister's office stated:

"I am deeply saddened by the passing of former chief justice, Sir Herbert Duffus. Sir Herbert Duffus had a remarkable career in the legal profession and was widely respected. His fairness, unrelenting search for the truth and impartiality, led to him being appointed chief justice following his success as president of the Court of Appeal.

"Chief Justice Duffus also served his country as acting governor-general. At various times, he was chairman of various commissions and committees of inquiry. Civic groups and organisations including the Boy's Scouts Association of Jamaica, which Sir Duffus guided with distinction, and the Jamaica Volunteer Training Corps, also benefited from his stewardship.

"The Duffus Report arising from investigations into conditions in the country's penal institutions led to the establishment of the Fort Agusta penal institution in St Catherine for female inmates and helped to guide the formulation of policies and programmes in our correctional institutions.

"I offer my sincere condolences to his family and members of the legal fraternity who worked closely with him. He will be greatly missed."