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'He was destined for this' .... Dennis Morrison sworn in as President of the Court of Appeal

Published:Tuesday | January 5, 2016 | 1:00 AM
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Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller said Dennis Morrison's numerous contributions to the improvement of the justice system in Jamaica provide ample evidence that he is suitable for the job of president of the Court of Appeal.

Speaking at Morrison's swearing-in ceremony at King's House yesterday, Simpson Miller said that the jurist's career has been characterised by countless instances of wider service.

"He has been the chairman of important public boards, and lectured and tutored generations of students of the law at the Normal Manley Law School. He also gave distinguished service as president of the Jamaican Bar Association," the prime minister said.

"His intellectual acumen and numerous skills have long made him a leading candidate for the very high office which he formally assumes. Indeed, he was destined for this, and we all feel a sense of joy and satisfaction when destiny is fulfilled in such a positive way," she added.

Simpson Miller said that Jamaica was proud of Justice Morrison and was thankful to have a man of his mettle to lead the Court of Appeal, the country's highest domestic court.

Morrison succeeds Seymour Panton as president.

Opposition Leader Andrew Holness said Morrison "is more than a jurist".

"I am told he was also referred to as a linguist and some will also remember him as an actor. He is a Rhodes Scholar and a brilliant legal mind, who has contributed so much to the legal profession. I am sure we would all agree that Dennis Morrison is a fine product of the Jamaican legal system and he represents the best of Jamaica," said Holness.