It is a pleasure for me to welcome you to this morning’s ceremony to swear in eleven judges who will serve in the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.
While you were on summer break we filled a vacancy in the Court of Appeal. The Honourable Mr. Justice Dennis Morrison was appointed to act as President of the Court of Appeal. This morning I present him with his first set of appointees to that Court.
Ladies and gentlemen, I commend the appointed and acting Judges and congratulate each one of you on your appointment. It affirms the trust that is placed in your ability to maintain the high standards of integrity which these roles demand.
My Lords and Ladies, I submit to you that you have an awesome responsibility that comes with the power which is accorded to you. As no power is absolute, there are checks and balances in the observations of your peers and the provisions for appeals.
Most if not all of you will have time to make your mark on the Judiciary and Jamaica’s development through the quality judgments you deliver and the timeliness in which they are done, always conscious of the maxim that “justice delayed is justice denied.”
Your acceptance therefore signals your commitment to Jamaica’s future development, in which the judicial system must play a key role.
You have my wholehearted support as you discharge your duties with dignity and grace.
Chief Justice, ladies and gentlemen, it is our collective commitment to nation-building that will take Jamaica forward. So I urge you to give these judges full support so that they can serve in a way to make their country proud.
I will now read the Instruments of Appointment.