The Hon. Mrs Justice Dunbar-Green appointed to serve in the High Court

King’ House, Jamaica: The Honourable Mrs. Justice Marcia Dunbar-Green, a Puisne Judge in the Court of Appeal, has been sworn-in by Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen to act as a Judge of Appeal. The swearing-in ceremony took place at King’s House this morning.

The Governor-General said that Justice Dunbar Green’s appointment completed the slate of Judges who were recently appointed to serve in higher offices in the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal at this sitting of the Easter Term.

In congratulating  Mrs Justice Dunbar-Green,  Sir Patrick  wished her “good health and success in her undertaking”.

President of the Court of Appeal the Honourable Mr. Justice Patrick Brooks observed that Mrs Justice Dunbar-Green was “one of the most promising members of the Judiciary,” as he listed her qualification, accomplishments, and commitment to service.

Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen (second left) pauses for a photograph with the Honourable Mrs Justice Dunbar-Green who is joined by Chief Justice Bryan Sykes (right) and the Honourable Mr. Justice Patrick Brooks, President of the Court of Appeal.Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen (second left) pauses for a photograph with the Honourable Mrs Justice Dunbar-Green who is joined by Chief Justice Bryan Sykes (right) and the Honourable Mr. Justice Patrick Brooks, President of the Court of Appeal.

A former Resident Magistrate, music educator, and law tutor educator, the Honourable Mrs Justice Dunbar-Green was described by Chief Justice  the Honourable Mr Justice Bryan Sykes as, “a no-nonsense person who has no outstanding Judgements in Court.

The Chief Justice said the quality of her writing and the manner in which she presided in court were qualities that recommended her to the Judicial Service Commission for the appointment.

In her response, Mrs. Justice Dunbar- Green stated that she would continue to work conscientiously and consistently to play her part in upholding confidence in the Justice System even as the world was experiencing various challenges at this time.

On Thursday, January 7, 2021, ten Judges, nine (9) female Judges, and one male were sworn-in to serve as Judge of Appeal, Masters-in-Chambers, and Puisne Judges in the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.

Governor-General’s Statement on the passing of the Hon. Gordon “Butch” Stewart, OJ, CD, Hon. LLD

Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen has expressed regret and sadness at the passing of the Honourable Gordon   “Butch” Stewart, OJ, CD. Sir Patrick described Mr Stewart as “a transformational leader,   entrepreneur, philanthropist, and patriot who made an outstanding contribution to Jamaica’s tourism industry and economy.”

Mr Stewart achieved global recognition as a visionary leader by his tourism peers.  The many accolades he received speak to this ongoing recognition, and his indelible contribution to the industry in Jamaica and the entire Caribbean Region.  In addition to the National Honours, Mr Stewart also received numerous other global tourism, entrepreneurial, and educational awards.

Butch Stewart, as he is affectionately called, was an achiever and philanthropist who presented individuals, the world over, with opportunities to improve their lives.

Under his indefatigable leadership, Human Resource Management occupied a high place in the Sandals and ATL Group of Companies as evidenced by a consistent focus on training and development for all levels of staff.  This enhanced capacity allowed them to maintain the high level of excellence for which the chain is known and lauded worldwide.

His contribution to the development of the Jamaican society, and the preservation and promulgation of our culture and people, will continue through his educational institution and media enterprises.

Mr Stewart’s contribution and interaction with the Social Programmes of the Office of The Governor-General and Staff will be missed.

Lady Allen and I, and the King’s House staff extend our heartfelt condolence to his widow, Chyril, his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and his extended entrepreneurial family.  Mr Stewart has left a lasting legacy and we hope that they will be comforted by “the God of comfort.”

Governor-General Swears in Mr. Hugh Faulkner as The New Commissioner of the Independent Commission of Investigations

In a ceremony held on Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at King’s House, Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen swore in Mr. Hugh Barrington Faulkner as the new Commissioner of the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) for a term of five years.

Responding to his appointment, Mr. Faulkner thanked the Governor-General for his encouragement and pledged to be guided by equity, fairness and good character in executing his responsibility.

Mr. Faulkner previously served as the Executive Director of the Legal Aid Council, and has served on several Boards and Tribunals including the Board of the Mico University College, the Toll Authority, Jamaica Mortgage Bank, Jamaica Intellectual Property Office and the Public Broadcasting Corporation of Jamaica (PBCJ).

INDECOM is a civilian-staffed state agency tasked to undertake investigations concerning actions by members of the Security Forces and other Agents of the State. The Office is a Commission of Parliament governed by the INDECOM Act which was passed in April 2010.

INDECOM is headed by a Commissioner, who is appointed by the Governor-General, after consultation with the Prime Minister and the Leader of Opposition.

 

 

GG Suspends Use of GCMG Insignia

Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen has announced that he has suspended personal use of the insignia of the Order of St Michael and St George (GCMG) containing the offending image.  This also follows his acknowledgement of concerns raised by citizens over the  image on the medal, and the growing global rejection of the use of objects that normalize the continued degradation of people of color.

Additionally, The Governor-General  has asked his  Office to initiate an immediate review of  all insignias and iconography associated with the Office of The Governor-General that may be considered racialized or culturally inappropriate.

The Governor-General has sent a letter to the  Chancellor of the Order of St Michael and St George requesting a revision of the image used on the medal, and recommending that it be “changed to reflect an inclusive image of the shared humanity of all peoples.”

Sir Patrick has encouraged everyone to work together to build a more just and inclusive society.

The Governor-General’s Insignia of The Order of St. Michael and St. George

The Office of The Governor-General wishes to acknowledge and address the attention being brought to the Governor-General’s Star of The Order of St. Michael and St. George.

 

Named in honour of two military saints, it dates back to the 19th century in commemoration of the British protectorate over the Ionian Islands and Malta. Initially intended for its inhabitants and British citizens, today the order is given to diplomats, foreign service officers, men and women who hold high office and has traditionally been worn by Governors-General across the Commonwealth.

 

The Star of the Order depicts St. Michael as being triumphant over Satan (a winged dragon). In light of the heightened sensitivities around the Black Lives Matter Movement and associated issues in the Global sphere undergirded by our history, it is understood how such an image can be construed to be offensive.

 

As such, the Office acknowledges the concerns and negative emotions that the image may have caused. Consideration is being given to the future treatment of same.