Two members of the judiciary have been appointed to serve at higher levels within Jamaica’s courts.
With effect from September 17, Pamela Mason will serve as Master-in-Chambers in the Supreme Court, while Justice Leighton Pusey will take up his post to act as Judge of the Court of Appeal, with effect from September 24.
They were sworn in by Governor-General, Sir Patrick Allen, during a ceremony at King’s House, today (September 17).
Congratulating the new appointees, the Governor-General encouraged them to carry out their duties with integrity and without interference.
“As each one stands before you and each case is presented to you… exercise your discretion for timeliness, for fairness, for objectivity and for everything else that applies to the judiciary,” he said. Chief Justice, Bryan Sykes, in a speech delivered by Senior Puisne Judge, Justice Carol Beswick, charged the newly appointed judges to continue to maintain the high standards of professionalism that is required of them.
He said this will assist in the judicial system of Jamaica becoming the best in the region within three years and one of the best in the world in the next six years.
The Chief Justice implored them to be vigilant that court time is not wasted and ensure that cases are managed efficiently, particularly with the increased number of cases emanating from the Parish Courts.
For his part, President of the Court of Appeal, Dennis Morrison, said the ceremony marked an important milestone in the professional lives of the appointees.
He said they are well qualified by training and experience to help to carry their duties in enhancing the rule of law in extraordinarily challenging times.
Justice Pusey, who replied, expressed appreciation for the confidence shown to them and gave a commitment that they will continue to fairly and consistently uphold the laws of the country.
By Franklin McKnight