Wednesday 19 December, 2018

Two judges appointed to serve in higher offices

Governor General, Sir Patrick Allen (centre), with judges who have been promoted, after a swearing-in ceremony at King’s House on Monday. At left is Justice Leighton Pusey, who has been appointed to act as Judge of the Court of Appeal, and also puctured is Pamela Mason, who will act as Master-in-Chambers of the Supreme Court.

Governor General, Sir Patrick Allen (centre), with judges who have been promoted, after a swearing-in ceremony at King’s House on Monday. At left is Justice Leighton Pusey, who has been appointed to act as Judge of the Court of Appeal, and also puctured is Pamela Mason, who will act as Master-in-Chambers of the Supreme Court.

Two judges were on Monday appointed to higher office during a ceremony at King’s House, which was presided over by Governor General, Sir Patrick Allen.

The new appointees are Justice Leighton Pusey, who will act as a Judge of the Court of Appeal from September 24, and  Pamela Mason, who will serve as Master-in-Chambers of the Supreme Court as of September 17.

In congratulating the new appointees, the governor general encouraged them to carry out their duties with integrity.

“As each one stands before you and each case is presented to you… exercise your discretion for timeliness, for fairness, for objectivity and for everything else that applies to the judiciary,” Sir Patrick said.

The governor general said he values and respects the role of the men and women of the judiciary, adding that he is “proud of the work that you do to make this nation so great”.

Chief Justice, Bryan Sykes, in a speech delivered by Senior Puisne Judge, Justice Carol Beswick, charged the newly appointed judges to continue to maintain the high standards of professionalism that are required of them.

He said this will assist in the judicial system of Jamaica becoming the best in the region within three years, and one of the best in the world within the next six years.

“We are all committed to those goals, and in order to reach them, we must be astute in our deliberations and decision-making; ensure that judgments are delivered in a timely manner… and embrace the reforms being implemented for the improvement of the system,” he said

Meanwhile, speaking at the same ceremony, President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Dennis Morrison, said steps are under way to recruit additional judges.

He said the increase is being facilitated by the expansion of the Court of Appeal building on King Street in downtown Kingston, which “is now at an advanced stage”.

Justice Morrison added: “Hopefully, we will be in a position to move the main body of the court's operations into the facility before too long, with phase two to encompass the registry, office and staff, which is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year.”

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