Bermudian Called to the Bar after working in Scotland
Bermuda's newest prosecutor was formally Called to the Bar yesterday in a ceremony in Supreme Court.
Victoria Greening, making her first address to the court, recalled taking an aptitude test at Bermuda High School which suggested that her ideal job was that of a judge.
“I thought it sounded like too much head scratching for me,” she said. “And anyway, I wanted to be a psychologist.”
She said that during her studies, she found that her fascination and interest in other people meshed well with the legal profession, and turned her attention to studying the law.
Ms Greening graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a Bachelor's Degree in 2007, and completed a postgraduate degree in legal practice from the same institution the following year.
Director of Public Prosecutions Rory Field praised Ms Greening as a welcome addition to the department, who has been practicing in Scotland since 2010.
He said that he met her for the first time last Summer after she expressed interest in returning to Bermuda.
“I had her around for a chat an I have to say I was very impressed by her clarity of speech and clarity of thought,” he said. “Having met her, I was actually quite keen to make sure she did actually join my department. I'm pleased to say that on Wednesday of last week she signed the contract.”
He said that in his experience there is a benefit for prosecutors to spend time working on the defence side as Ms Greening has, saying that it helps to demonstrate the impact that being before the courts can have.
Ms Greening thanked her friends and family for their constant support, and “corralling her back” in when she wanted to bolt.
And she paid tribute to her daughter, saying: “It's been said that the two most important days of your life is the day you are born and the day you realise why. That day to me was the birth of our daughter.”
She added: “This opportunity to contribute in some way to my Island and her people, to act in the public interest and to make use of my interest in law and social justice is my privilege.”