New Court of Appeal President Sworn in


The Honourable Mr. Justice Seymour Panton was this morning (July 6) sworn in as President of the Court of Appeal by Governor General Professor Kenneth Hall. Justice Panton was also invested with the Order of Jamaica at a swearing-in and investiture ceremony held at King’s House.
In her remarks at the ceremony, Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller expressed confidence that Justice Panton will discharge his responsibilities with the thoroughness, balance and legal brilliance that have characterized his highly successful career. She said Justice Panton brings order, rigor and extraordinary discipline to the office, adding that he is a no-nonsense, courageous and tough jurist who is committed to the highest ideals.
Mrs. Simpson Miller said that while the Court of Appeal is the second highest Court in Jamaica with the Privy Council being the highest, it was arguable the highest Court for many Jamaicans as, of the 300 cases that go before it annually, fewer than ten end up in the Privy Council. She said it was noteworthy that in a number of celebrated cases, the Privy Council has upheld the decisions made by the Court of Appeal.(MORE)
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The Prime Minister reiterated the government’s full and unequivocal confidence in both the intellectual and moral quality of the judiciary, stating that at no time was there any doubt that they are equal to the best in the world. She challenged Justice Panton to preside over a system that will enable Jamaicans to experience quality justice and peace.
She expressed deep gratitude to out-going President, Mr. Justice Paul Harrison for his exemplary service on the Bench and to the people of Jamaica.
The Leader of the Opposition who also spoke at the ceremony said Justice Panton was admirably suitable for the appointment, having distinguished himself at various levels in the judiciary.
In his response Mr. Justice Panton gave the undertaking that he would do everything to enhance justice in Jamaica noting that an independent judiciary is the cornerstone of the nation’s democracy. He began his legal career in 1964 as an Assistant Clerk of Courts in Hanover and was called to the Bar at Lincoln’s Inn, London in 1968. He has served in both the legal and judicial capacities in both Jamaica and the Cayman Islands.
The Court of Appeal consists of the seven Judges including the President, who is appointed by the Governor General acting on the recommendation of the Prime Minister after consultation with the Leader of the Opposition.

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