I warmly welcome each one of you to King’s House. This is the second time in as many months that we are swearing-in judges, which as it appears, makes the justice system in our country a vibrant and dynamic one.
Mr. Justice Lloyd Hibbert, I congratulate you on your appointment to Act as Judge of the Court of Appeal, effective Tuesday February 1, 2011. This appointment is an expression of confidence in your ability and the manner in which you have acquitted yourself so far, based on your service as a Judge of the Supreme Court.
In accepting this appointment however, you are indicating your willingness to continue to serve and uphold the principles and tradition of justice, vis a vis impartiality, integrity and fidelity to the law, with the proviso that the integrity of the judiciary must remain inviolate.
There are certain positions to which some of us are called to serve, that are sacrosanct and we must do everything, despite the mundane pressures, to keep them so. The judiciary is one of those positions which is seen to be possessed by persons of integrity, and should remain as the bastion of virtue. I am sure you’ve heard this several times before, but repetition deepens impression.
Justice Hibbert, please be assured of our support in your efforts to discharge your responsibility faithfully, truthfully and mercifully.
I now invite you to stand as I read the related proclamation and then come forward to take and subscribe to the Oath of Office and the Oath of Allegiance.