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Justice ministry praises McCalla on Bencher appointment

Published:Tuesday | February 16, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Chief Justice Zaila McCalla

The Ministry of Justice yesterday congratulated Chief Justice Zaila McCalla, who, last Tuesday, was appointed an Honorary Bencher of the Middle Temple Inn in London, England, in recognition of her contribution to law in Jamaica.

In a release, the ministry said that the Middle Temple has a long and distinguished history as one of four Inns of Court, which have the exclusive rights over admission to the Bar in England and Wales.

McCalla joins an elite group of members of the Middle Temple, which includes Eric Holder, former attorney general of the United States; Edward Zacca, former chief justice of Jamaica; and David Cameron, prime minister of the United Kingdom.

McCalla's legal career commenced in 1976 with her admission to the Jamaican Bar, followed by service as a clerk of the court, assistant director of public prosecutions, senior resident magistrate, puisne judge, and judge of the Court of Appeal before being appointed Jamaica's first female chief justice in June 2007.

The justice ministry said it also wished to offer congratulations to Patrick Robinson, judge of the International Court of Justice and former deputy attorney general of Jamaica, who was also appointed a Bencher of the Middle Temple on February 9.

The ministry noted that Robinson is "one of Jamaica's most illustrious lawyers, whose eminence in international legal circles continues to make Jamaica proud".