Recently retired Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) Judge, Jacob Wit, has died.
In announcing his passing in a statement today, the CCJ said Justice Wit served the Court with distinction for 18 years. He retired in December, 2023.
A native of The Netherlands, Justice Wit was an eminent Jurist with wide legal expertise in private law, commercial and admiralty law, insurance, bankruptcy and insolvency, company law and intellectual property, criminal law, military law, administrative law and constitutional law as well as international human rights law, the CCJ noted
Prior to joining the Caribbean Court of Justice, he adjudicated over cases in Curacao, Netherlands Antilles and the Dutch Windward Islands of Sint Maarten, Sint Eustatius and Saba.
“Justice Wit was a polyglot, with fluency in several languages and will be remembered for his Wit inside and outside of the courtroom,” the CCJ said.
President of the CCJ, Justice Adrian Saunders said it was a sad day for the Court.
“Justice Wit and I worked together since 2005 when we formed part of the inaugural Bench of the Court. He was the lone Civil Law Judge on the current bench with rich experience in military law, administrative law, constitutional law and international human rights law,” the CCJ President said as he paid tribute to Justice Wit.
Justice Wit was also remembered for his involvement in the CCJ Academy for Law.
In Guyana, Justice Wit will be remembered for the long list of Guyanese cases that he presided over including the Third-Term case and the Constitutional cases that followed the 2018 no-confidence vote against the Guyana Government.