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  • Appeal Court Judge, Hon. Justice Dennis Morrison, was today (August 24) sworn in to act as President of the Court of Appeal, during a ceremony at King’s House.
  • His appointment follows the retirement of former President of the Court of Appeal, Hon. Justice Seymour Panton.
  • Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, who presided over the ceremony, said that Justice Morrison has had a long and distinguished career.

Appeal Court Judge, Hon. Justice Dennis Morrison, was today (August 24) sworn  in to act as  President of the Court of Appeal, during a ceremony at King’s House.

His appointment follows the retirement of former President of the Court of Appeal, Hon. Justice Seymour Panton.

Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, who presided over the ceremony, said that Justice Morrison has had a long and distinguished career.

“His contribution to the development of the Jamaican jurisprudence is very well known. He is also no stranger to the Court of Appeal having served as an Appellate judge since 2008,” he added.

The Governor-General noted that Justice Morrison has a pleasant and engaging personality, which has endeared him to his colleagues and many others who have benefitted from his vast experience and knowledge.

Meanwhile, the Head of State said that Jamaica prides itself in having a justice system that is recognised for its unbridled independence.

“As our democracy matures, confidence in an impartial judiciary holds great prospects for the future of our nation. Such confidence will encourage the creation of a more orderly society, where legally established channels are sought after and used in settling disputes in all matters where people feel aggrieved,” he said.

For her part, Chief Justice, Hon.  Zaila McCalla, said that Mr. Morrison has a strong attachment to the court and an enduring love of the law.

 

“He is evidently a most suitable candidate to be appointed to act as President of the Court of Appeal. Justice Morrison’s standards have been high and he has accomplished much during his sojourn at the private bar and he has continued in that fine tradition since his elevation to the bench of the Court of Appeal,” Mrs. McCalla said.

“No doubt that you will continue to serve with distinction in your new role as acting President of the Court of Appeal,” the Chief Justice told Mr. Morrison.

In his response, Justice Morrison expressed his appreciation at being sworn in as acting President of the Court of Appeal.

He also reiterated the need for urgent improvement in the conditions in which the Supreme Court is expected to function, particularly as it relates to the number of judges and physical space.

“I pledge my own best efforts to bring these matters to attention in all possible ways,” Mr. Morrison said.