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  • Eleven judges, who have been appointed to higher office, have been urged by Chief Justice, Hon. Zaila McCalla, to exercise efficiency in the dispensation of justice.
  • The Chief Justice was speaking at the swearing-in of the judges at King’s House in St. Andrew on September 14.
  • The two men and nine women, who are to occupy various positions in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court, were further urged by Mrs. McCalla to make use of the already available technology to improve service delivery to litigants.

Eleven judges, who have been appointed to higher office, have been urged by Chief Justice, Hon. Zaila McCalla, to exercise efficiency in the dispensation of justice.

“We must be mindful to avoid waste of judicial time and be sensitive to the fact that when litigants approach our courts to have their matters resolved, the expectation is (that) their cases must be resolved within a reasonable time,” Mrs. McCalla said.

The Chief Justice was speaking at the swearing-in of the judges at King’s House in St. Andrew on September 14.

The two men and nine women, who are to occupy various positions in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court, were further urged by Mrs. McCalla to make use of the already available technology to improve service delivery to litigants.

She indicated that a raft of measures have been pursued in an effort to reduce delays in matters before the court.

These include: the Digital Transcription Pilot Project, to speed up the availability of transcripts needed for appeals; relocation of the Civil Registry and judges; and establishment of the high density filing system.

Meanwhile, Governor General, His Excellency, the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, congratulated the judges.

He said the appointments signal the trust that has been placed in their ability to maintain the high standard of integrity, which their roles demand.

The Governor General also endorsed the call by the Chief Justice for efficiency in the dispensation of justice, noting that “justice delayed is justice denied.”

Acting President of the Court of Appeal, Hon. Justice Dennis Morrison, also congratulated the newly appointed men and women, and expressed confidence in their ability to discharge their duties.

Hon. Justice Marva McDonald Bishop, who responded on behalf of her fellow judges, said that the words of encouragemen would provide motivation as they carry out their responsibilities.