THE son of Minister of Legal Affairs and Attorney General, Charles Ramson, was admitted to the Bar last Friday taking the Oath before Chief Justice Ian Chang.
Charles Shiva Ramson’s petition for admission was presented by Senior Counsel, Mr. Ashton Chase who said that the young lawyer had excelled academically from his secondary school days right on to his professional career. A Queen’s College old boy, Mr. Charles S. Ramson is the son of Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs. Mr. Charles Ramson, S.C and Mrs. Leila Ramson, Chairperson of the Teaching Commission.
According to Mrs. Ramson, who was granted the privilege to speak at the ceremony yesterday, her son was admitted as a Barrister-at-law of the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn (London) for the Bar of England and Wales.
The call to the Bar ceremony in England was held on the 29th July, 2008 and was attended by his mother and his sister Shakhti Ramson.
Ramson attended the Nottingham Law School and obtained a “Very Competent” Grade Certificate – an assessment of 70%. Just to give a measure of his accomplishments at Law School, more than 90% of the Bar students at the Nottingham Law School already possessed at least an Upper Second Class Honours Degree and this year, around 60% of the students, including some from Oxford and Cambridge Universities were required to re-sit at least one Examination.
In 2006, he obtained a First Class Honours degree in Law at the University of Buckingham and was only the second or third Guyanese ever to have achieved such distinction in Law at a UK University.
He was awarded the Intellectual Property Prize and the Merit Prize for “Good all-round performance academically and who has also made an important contribution to the life of the University”.
Ramson has also completed his Masters in International and Commercial Law at the University of Buckingham in England, where he was on a partial scholarship, Mrs. Ramson disclosed.
Chief Justice Ian Chang, S.C. said that it was his pleasure and privilege to admit the petitioner to practice his profession in the Courts of Guyana. It was his pleasure to do so since he had known his father Mr. Charles Ramson, S.C. and Minister of Legal Affairs since he (C.J.) was about 16 years old.
The C.J said that he noted the excellence of Ramson’s scholastic achievements and his other scholarship which would impress and silence even the cynical among us, the Chief Justice declared.
Mr. Ramson thanked the Chief Justice for admitting him to the Bar and Mr. Chase for presenting his petition. He thanked his parents and all those who had been kind to him and promised to live up to the High traditions of the Bar.
Prime Minister Mr. Samuel Hinds, Attorney General Charles Ramson, Ministers of Government, and other dignitaries, on Friday attended the admission ceremony of Mr. Charles Shiva Ramson to practice his profession at the Guyana Bar.