It was with great sadness that on August 21, 2020, we learned of the death of Justice Neville Smith (Ret.). I extend my personal sympathies and the condolences of all members of the judiciary of The Bahamas to his family on the loss of their loved one.
Justice Smith, a native of Barbados, came to The Bahamas in the 1960s as a legal advisor in the Crown Lands Department.
In 1967, he was admitted to the Bahamas Bar and appointed as Crown counsel in the Office of the Attorney General (OAG).
Later in 1971, Justice Smith was appointed as senior counsel in the OAG and in 1975, he was appointed to the office of Director of Legal Affairs.
He served in that capacity until 1985, when he was appointed a justice of the Supreme Court. In 1990, the title of senior justice was conferred upon Justice Smith by the governor general.
Justice Smith retired from the judiciary in The Bahamas in 1995 to join the judiciary of Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court where he served in Montserrat, St. Kitts & Nevis and the British Virgin Islands.
He returned to The Bahamas in 2001 and practiced law as a consultant with a private law firm until his retirement in 2019.
In 2015, Justice Smith was appointed as one of Her Majesty’s Counsel, carrying the designation of QC.
Justice Smith provided almost 30 years of public service to The Bahamas and during that period, he made a significant contribution to the development of our country.
Through his scholarship and judicial acumen, he also contributed to the development of our jurisprudence during his tenure as a justice of the Supreme Court.
Justice Smith was meticulous, thorough and adept in the discharge of his judicial duties and served with distinction. He also mentored many young attorneys at the bar who honed their legal skills under his guidance.
Justice Neville Smith will be remembered, amongst his many accomplishments, as a skilled, learned and successful counsel and attorney at law, a loyal and adroit public officer and an astute jurist.
May his soul rest in peace.
— Brian M. Moree