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Dec 14, 2016

New Supreme Court Commissioners Sworn In

There is a small list of persons countrywide who are Commissioners of the Supreme Court. But today, following a rigorous selection process including background checks and a test, over a dozen persons were chosen to serve the public. According to Section Fifteen of the Judicature, commissioners are authorized to receive affidavits and declarations or examine witnesses.  Among the newly appointed commissioners were some well-known figures including Executive Director of the National Council for Families and Children, Margaret Nicholson as well as Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie and Belmopan Commander, Senior Superintendent Howell Gillett.

 

Howell Gillett

Sr. Supt. Howell Gillett, Newly Appointed Supreme Court Commissioner

“I am very humbled for receiving this appointment. It will serve the people well in the area that I currently reside and work. It is a necessary thing because in the past we’ve seen—I’m a senior Justice of the Peace by the way—and a number of people have come in for assistance in the workings of that office. But there are others who come along asking for Commissioners of Supreme Court and it is not too common in the Belmopan area. So I am pleased with the decision made for this appointment by the Chief Justice, his lordship Kenneth Benjamin for choosing myself and Commissioner Allen Whylie for these appointments. So we are so pleased, not only as persons, but as the Police Department, this is one way that we could get closer to our community by serving them well, apart from the regular policing service that we offer. It will complement what we do on a daily basis in that, if you heard the Chief Justice in his remarks, it’s not only affidavits that we will deal with, but as a matter of fact, if the court sees it fit, it will also appoint us to be temporary judges on certain occasions. So I am sure, although it is a rare occasion, that lingers if the need does occur. So we are happy to serve the people well as Justice of the Peace in the past and we will continue to do that, but also as Commissioners of the Supreme Court now.”

 

According to Gillett the service provided is not remunerated and if anyone collects from persons for services of the Justice of the Peace or from a Commissioner of the Supreme Court, it should be reported to the Police Department. 

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