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Serving with the judiciary

Published: Saturday | December 21, 2013 Comments 0
Delroy Miller, retired judge's orderly. - Photo by Gareth Davis
Delroy Miller, retired judge's orderly. - Photo by Gareth Davis

Gareth Davis Sr., Contributor

Portland:

After serving for more than 34 years in the justice system, 61-year-old Delroy Miller is thankful for the experience and knowledge gained while serving as a judge's orderly in Portland.

Miller, who started out as an office attendant in 1978 at the Port Antonio Courthouse, quickly moved on to the position of judge's orderly, where, on most occasions, he was present in court, getting first-hand knowledge of the facts surrounding various court cases.

"It was then that I was able to distinguish what was truth and what was propaganda," he commented.

Miller added: "My duty was to take in the judge's books (notebooks) and also to escort him or her into the courthouse. I was also assigned duties to ensure that meals were provided and to carefully select places ideal for dining. It was then that I also realised that with sufficient evidence, one could easily lose a case. I thoroughly enjoyed my job, and I have had the privilege of listening to some interesting cases and their outcome."

Miller, who is now retired (since 2012), explained that he was able to foster good relations with many High Court judges and resident magistrates, at this time including Seymour Panton, Lennox Campbell, Roy Stewart, Andrea Collins, and Bertram Morrison.

He explained that his work back then allowed him to become friends with many complainants, with whom at times he was able to share a kind word, while offering moral support.

Throughout his career, Miller worked as a judge's orderly at the Buff Bay, Hope Bay, Manchioneal, and Port Antonio courthouses in the parish.

ACTIVE IN COMMUNITY

The retired judge's orderly is also an active community member, spearheading the launch of the women's cricket competition across the parish, which has been getting a lot of support.

Continuing, Miller added: "I am still actively involved in domino tournaments, cricket, and netball, where I play the role of organiser in the Stony Hill community. I also work from time to time with the Social Development Commission in assisting with sports events. I have had a distinguished career and I have retired with my integrity still intact. I am happy to have served in the justice system, and it has assisted me greatly."

rural@gleanerjm.com

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