It is my pleasure to welcome you all to this official ceremony to swear in Mr. Evon Saint Patrick Atkinson, QC, as Attorney-General of Jamaica.
Mr. Atkinson, this appointment is an indication that the Prime Minister has reposed significant confidence in your ability to lead the Attorney General’s Chambers, given the manner in which you have acquitted yourself thus far in the legal profession. In your own words taken from a recent media interview, “…anybody who has the opportunity to serve their country in any area should [legally] accept it.” This is indeed an opportunity that few people get and one which cannot be quantified but only qualified by the extent of your service.
I know you are aware of the very unique responsibilities which the Attorney-General has to the Office of The Governor-General, the Courts, the Parliament and the Executive Branch of Government. In addition to being the chief law officer and legal advisor to the Government, you will also be expected to promote the rule of law and represent and guard the public interest.
It is said that the best way to find one’s self is to lose oneself in the service of others. May the service that you give to Jamaica further the development and strengthening of the integrity of our judicial system. Please be assured of the support of the Office of The Governor-General in your efforts to execute your responsibility faithfully, truthfully and professionally.
Prime Minister, ladies and gentlemen, your presence here this afternoon should be understood by Mr. Atkinson as an indication that you will be supportive of him. I wish you success as you serve this country as a proud Jamaican.