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Justices Zaila McCalla and Leighton Pusey have been appointed to serve in higher offices of Jamaica’s judicial system.
At a swearing in ceremony conducted by Governor General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Howard Cooke at King’s House on October 21, Justice McCalla was appointed to act as a judge of the Court of Appeal, while Justice Pusey was appointed to act as a puisne judge in the Supreme Court.
Professional colleagues, family and friends of the justices shared in the moment as they took the oath of allegiance and the Governor General handed them their instruments of appointment.
The official ceremony was marked with a moment of light humour when Justice McCalla was called upon to take her oath. Realising she was unable to read the oath without the aid of her eyeglasses, she motioned for assistance, and retrieved her glasses before proceeding. A few good spirited laughs were heard at this point. After the formal process of the swearing in drew to a close, the Governor General extended hearty congratulations to the newly appointed judges.
He told them that while they had been elevated to offices of higher authority, “through life, sometimes all of us need assistance and it will be absolutely necessary to rely on your colleagues.”
Continuing, Sir Howard said he “had high regard for the judiciary in Jamaica”, and that the country “is in safe hands as long as we have people of your calibre.”
Justice McCalla, who was the first female graduate of the Norman Manley Law School, is the second woman appointed to serve in the Appeal Court.

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