Puisne Judge Carlisle Greaves has confirmed his retirement after more than 20 years on Bermuda’s bench presiding as a Supreme Court judge.

Justice Greaves made the announcement in court at the end of his last case at the sentencing of Parnell Brangman on child sex offences last week.

Governor John Rankin thanked Justice Greaves for his contributions to Bermuda’s judicial system.

“I would particularly pay tribute to his role in presiding over criminal cases in the Supreme Court, as well as his earlier work as a magistrate in the Family Court,” he said.

“I offer Mr Justice Greaves every best wish as he returns to his native Barbados.”

Chief Justice Narinder Hargun, added: “We are grateful to Justice Greaves for his long and exemplary judicial service, first as the Acting Senior Magistrate and then as a Judge of the Supreme Court.

“He will be remembered for his particular expertise in dealing effectively with serious criminal matters and for his outstanding contribution in eliminating the serious backlog of criminal cases during his tenure.”

Justice Greaves started his legal career in Barbados, where he worked as a prosecutor before he became a Magistrate in criminal court in.

He became a Magistrate in Bermuda in 1998 and initially sat in Family Court, at a time when outstanding child support payments in arrears had “dramatically increased” to more than $7 million.

Justice Greaves moved to Magistrates’ Court in 2001 and was later appointed as a Puisne Judge in 2005.

He announced his intention to retire back in 2015 by October that same year. But he was reappointed on a part-time basis.

He will be replaced in Supreme Court by Larry Mussenden, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

No word yet on who will replace Mr Mussenden as the new DPP.