Governor-General Swears in Judges

Five judges who have been appointed to serve in new capacities in Jamaica’s  judicial system were today sworn in to by His Excellency the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen in a swearing-in ceremony that took place in the ballroom of King’s House.

Sworn in to act as Judge of Appeal for the period of September 23 to December 20, 2013 is Mrs. Justice Carol Lawerence-Beswick . Her Honour Mrs. Sonia Bertram-Linton will act as Master-in-Chambers in the Supreme Court as of September 12.  Additionally, Her Honour Ms. Cresencia Brown, Her Honour Georgiana Fraser and Her Honour Mrs. Vivene Harris will act as Puisne Judges in the Supreme Court for the period of September 16 to December 20, 2013.

The five judges took their Oath of Allegiance and the Judicial Oath in the presence of the Governor-General, the Chief Justice, Acting President of the Court of Appeal, other members of the legal fraternity, family members and well-wishers.   Sir Patrick congratulated the Judges on their latest appointments and expressed his confidence in their capability to perform their duties.

Chief Justice the Hon. Mrs. Justice Zaila McCalla stated that members of the Judicial Services Commission were confident that the appointees  would continue to provide exemplary service in their new roles. Mrs. Justice McCalla reminded the judges that they owe it to the people of Jamaica and to themselves to uphold and inspire trust and confidence in the justice system.

Responding on behalf of the judges who were sworn in, the Hon. Mrs. Justice Carol Lawerence Beswick thanked the Governor-General and the members of the system for having confidence in their ability to serve their country at another level. In acknowledging the imperfections that exist within the system, Mrs. Justice Beswick said  they pledged to “give our all as each of us try in our own way to conscientiously and impartially discharge our duties.”  She reassured the gathering that they would work without fear or favour as they seek to administer justice for all.