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GG places trust in acting Court of Appeal president

Published:Wednesday | August 26, 2015 | 8:00 AM
Governor General Sir Patrick Allen (right) presents Justice Dennis Morrison with the oath of allegiance during his swearing-in as acting president of the Court of Appeal at King’s House on Monday.

Governor General Sir Patrick Allen has appointed Justice Dennis Morrison, QC, as acting president of the Court of Appeal.

His appointment comes as Seymour Panton, who is the president of the Court of Appeal, proceeds on preretirement leave, after serving the legal profession for some 30 years.

In addressing the swearing-in, which took place at King's House on Monday, Sir Patrick expressed confidence that Morrison will continue to uphold the principles and standards of the justice system.

"His appointment is an expression of the confidence and trust reposed in his ability to give outstanding leadership to the Court of Appeal at this time," the governor general said.

"I have no doubt that his family members and colleagues will continue to support him as he upholds the principles and high standard on which our justice system is predicated," he concluded.

Morrison has enjoyed a stellar legal career spanning several countries in the Caribbean. He was appointed judge of the Court of Appeal in Jamaica on May 1, 2008 and has also served as a judge of appeal in Belize and the Cayman Islands.