Acting President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Hazel Harris, is calling on the relevant authorities to swiftly appoint additional judges to the Court of Appeal.
"It is my fervent request that the authorities treat this matter as urgent and put in place the requisite machinery to have additional judges installed as early as possible," she stated.
Justice Harris made the comments during the swearing-in of five judges by Governor General Sir Patrick Allen, at a ceremony held at King's House, last Thursday.
She said an increase in the current complement of judges is critical to address many of the shortcomings in the system. She acknowledged that she is aware that approval has been granted for three additional judges to be appointed to the Court, however, those appointments have not yet materialised.
There are currently seven judges serving at the Court of Appeal, who are charged with the responsibility of hearing appeals and applications from decisions of the Supreme Court, the Resident Magistrate Courts, as well as those from Administrative Tribunals.
Justice Harris informed that there has been an "excessively high increase" in the volume of work in recent years and this "heavy workload has placed considerable strain" on the judges.
"The onerous burden can only be alleviated by the increase of the current complement of judges," she remarked. "If we are to continue at the pace at which we are required to work, surely, and soon and very soon, the names of most of us will be listed in the obituary pages of the newspapers," Harris further said.