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Four judges sworn in

Published:Thursday | March 31, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Deputy Governor General Steadman Fuller (right) presents the instrument of office to Stephane Jackson Haisley, who will serve as Master-of-Chambers, Supreme Court. The occasion was the swearing in of judges on March 29 at King’s House.
Deputy Governor General Steadman Fuller (right) presents the instrument of office to Justice Carol Edwards, who will serve as a Judge of the Appeal Court.

Four judges were sworn into office on Tuesday during a ceremony held at King's House.

Taking the oath of office were: Frank Williams and Carol Edwards, who will serve as judges of the Appeal Court; Carolyn Tie, who will serve as Puisne Judge in the Supreme Court; and Stephane Jackson Haisley, who will act as Master-in-Chambers. Deputy Governor General Steadman Fuller, who presided over the swearing-in ceremony, congratulated the judges on their appointments and urged them to continue to protect the

legitimacy and integrity of the judicial system.

"These appointments speak to the hard work that these judges have done over the years and is the basis on which (you) have been called upon to continue serving," he said. He also congratulated Chief Justice Zaila McCalla on her recent appointment as Honorary Bencher of the Middle Temple Inn in London, England, in recognition of her contribution to the law in Jamaica. He said the chief justice's appointment, along with the new designation of the judges, "reflects the fact that strides are being made within our judicial system, irrespective of the challenges". The chief justice, in extending her congratulations to the appointees, said their roles are important in ensuring an

efficient and fair judicial process.

"Judges are not selected merely by seniority, but also on their proven track record of high standards of performance," she said. The chief justice implored them to ensure that justice "is seen to be done in all circumstances" and to continue to exhibit the high standard of professionalism and dedication that is required and that they have demonstrated in the past.