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New judges sworn in

Published:Friday | January 4, 2019 | 1:46 PMNickoy Wilson
Puisne judge Justice Judith Pusey (left) displays her instrument of office after being sworn-in by Sir Patrick Allen, Governor General of Jamaica, at King’s House on Friday, January 4, 2019. The occasion was the swearing-in of judges of the Court of Appeal, Puisne Judges, and Master-in-Chambers - Rudolph Brown photo

Solicitor General Nicole Foster-Pusey and Justices Jennifer Straw and Carol Edwards were this morning sworn-in as judges of the Court of Appeal.

This brings the number of judges at the Court of Appeal to 10.

The ceremony, which took place at King’s House in St Andrew, saw other judicial officials taking oaths of office to assume various roles.

Justice David Fraser was appointed as acting Court of Appeal judge and Lisa Palmer Hamilton, Andrea Thomas and Judith Pusey were sworn-in as puisne judges.

Sheron Barnes is now an acting puisne judge and Tania Mott Tulloch-Reid was appointed to act as Master-in-Chamber.

Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen congratulated the group on their appointments.

“Our Judiciary has built a reputation of which we are all proud, and its members have served with distinction. The rite of passage in which we engage this morning recognises performance and marks the advancement of merit,” Allen said.

“Occasions such as this are reminders of the inextricable link between the judicial processes required by our Constitution, and the important part which our justice system plays in enhancing our quality of life.

“… All of us should be proud of that reality and be grateful for its contribution to our reputation as a country in which, among other things, it is safe to invest and do business -  if one plays by the rules,” Allen said.

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