It is my pleasure, this morning, to welcome each one of you here to King’s House for the swearing-in of Mrs. Justice Almarie Sinclair- Haynes, who is being appointed and sworn in to serve as a judge in the Court of Appeal.
I see, preemptively, in the papers that she is already proclaimed and I suppose they have seen something they need to prepare the country for. I suspect that your fortitude, rectitude and strength of character are what attract such attention.
The Appeal Court is in a transitory stage at this moment. One of the things I’d like to say this morning is that we must have and continue to maintain individuals primarily based on their strength of character and the quality of their intellect and scholarship – individuals who are fearless and peerless advocates and dispensers of justice who are not reflectors of other peoples thoughts, but who stand for the right, for, justice, though the heavens fall. That is the individual the Judicial Service Commission are recommending to be appointed in the court of Appeal. And, so Mrs. Sinclair-Haynes, it is in this arena that you are now being appointed to serve.
I commend you for acceding to this request and appointment to enhance the system geared towards accessibility and fairness and I encourage you to continue to serve.
I will now read the Instrument of Appointment.