Saturday 19 October, 2019

Bryan Sykes appointed to act as Chief Justice

Outgoing Chief Justice, Zaila McCalla (left), accepts a citation from Puisne Judge and Assistant Secretary of the Jamaica Association of Women Judges (JAWJ), Justice Carol Edwards. The occasion was a ceremony in Justice McCalla’s honour at the Terra Nova Hotel in Kingston on January 26.

Outgoing Chief Justice, Zaila McCalla (left), accepts a citation from Puisne Judge and Assistant Secretary of the Jamaica Association of Women Judges (JAWJ), Justice Carol Edwards. The occasion was a ceremony in Justice McCalla’s honour at the Terra Nova Hotel in Kingston on January 26.

Effective Thursday, February 1, Supreme Court Judge, Bryan Sykes, will act as the Chief Justice of Jamaica.

His appointment, until further notice, was announced on Wednesday by Attorney General, Marlene Malahoo-Forte, at a special sitting of the Supreme Court to honour the now retired Chief Justice, Zaila McCalla.

Malahoo-Forte said Prime Minister Andrew Holness had advised Governor General, Sir Patrick Allen, to make the appointment of Justice Sykes.

Meanwhile, Chief Justice McCalla congratulated Justice Sykes on his appointment.

“I wish for him a successful tenure in office. Congratulations Justice Sykes, and you have my full support,” she said.

McCalla has had a long and distinguished legal career in the public service, having been called to the Jamaican Bar in 1976.

In August of 1985, she became a resident magistrate, and was later appointed as senior resident magistrate.

In 1996, she became a master in chambers, and in 1997, she was appointed puisne judge, and served until 2006, when she was promoted to a judge of the Court of Appeal.

She was appointed the Chief Justice on June 27, 2007.

McCalla is the first woman to serve as Chief Justice of Jamaica. She demitted office after serving the judiciary for over 40 years.

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