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Supreme Court gets new look

Published:Thursday | January 1, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Supreme Court building - File

Barbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator

There will be some new faces on the Supreme Court bench when the new term begins on January 7.

They are Chester Stamp, Vinette Graham-Allen, Kissock Laing and Senior Resident Magistrate (RM) Lorna Shelly Williams.

Stamp, Graham-Allen, and Shelly-Williams have been appointed to act as Supreme Court judges, while Laing has been appointed as a puisne judge.

Stamp is a former prosecutor of the International Court of Justice, in The Hague, Netherlands. Among his responsibilities were the prosecution of war crimes. He has been credited with what many describe as one of the most successful convictions in the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.

Stamp was the sole prosecutor in the case of former Serbian chief of police, Vlastimir Djordjevic, who in 2011 was convicted for his role in the 1999 murders of more than 700 ethnic Albanians in Kosovo.

Djordjevic was sentenced to 27 years' imprisonment.

Graham-Allen is a former director of public prosecutions in Bermuda and The Bahamas. She also served as director of the Justice Training Institute in Jamaica.

Laing served as Crown Counsel in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Attorney General's Chambers in Jamaica and is also a former resident magistrate. Laing also practised law in the British Virgin Islands and Anguilla.

Laing is a notary public in Anguilla.

Before joining the bench, Senior RM Shelly Williams was a senior Crown council and an assistant director of public prosecutions.

Meanwhile, Justice Almarie Sinclair Haynes has been appointed to act as a judge in the Court of Appeal. She is taking the seat left vacant by Justice Norman McIntosh, who has retired.

Justice Majerie Cole Smith and Justice Raymond King are to proceed into retirement early this month.

barbara.gayle@gleanerjm.com