History was created yesterday at the Lucea Resident Magistrate's Court in Hanover when the Court of Appeal had its first sitting outside the Corporate Area since it was established shortly after Jamaica gained independence in 1962.
The historic event was greeted with elation by members of the Cornwall Bar Association, who welcomed the initiative and gave it their full blessing.
"I feel elated! I feel good because history has been made," said Cornwall Bar Association president, Michael Erskine, noting that the historic accomplishment had taken 51 years.
Cost-effective for civilians
In giving his personal perspective on the issue, Montego Bay-based attorney-at-law, Clayton Morgan, praised the move, describing it as being cost-effective for civilians who live outside of the urban area and who wish to access the court's facilities.
"When you bring justice to the people at the grass-roots level, you save a lot of costs. When you bring these services to the people, then, that makes much sense," said Morgan.
Several prominent western Jamaica-based attorneys-at-law gathered for Monday's opening of the Court of Appeal sitting, which will continue at the Lucea RM Court until Friday, December 13. It will be presided over by High Court justices Seymour Panton, Dennis Morrison, and Patrick Brooks.
Interestingly, Panton, who is also the president of the Court of Appeal, is a son of Hanover.
Seven cases will be heard during the historic Court of Appeal sitting. The list includes five criminal matters and two civil appeals.