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May 16, 2012

Under protest, Justice Awich officially elevated to Court of Appeal

The Bar Association and the opposition party both objected to the appointment of Justice Samuel Awich to the Court of Appeal last month. But this morning, the justice took the oath at the Belize House inBelmopan, in the presence of his wife, son and daughter. Judge Awich, who is originally from Uganda, was a justice of the Belize Supreme Court from April 2001 until Tuesday when he reached the retirement age of sixty-five. During that period, he was also named acting Chief Justice from October 2010, when Dr. Abdulai Conteh left until September 2011 when CJ Kenneth Benjamin was appointed. Also sworn in today was the former Attorney General, Bernard B.Q. Pitts as the new Chairman of the Elections and Boundaries Commission. According to a government release, Pitt’s appointment was approved by the Senate on May eleventh and is for a five year period. He replaces Alberto August, who resigned as chairman last month. Both Pitts and Awich were sworn in by Cabinet Secretary, Carlos Perdomo, who is acting as Governor General since the GG Sir Colville Young leftBelizetoday to attend the Inauguration of President Ma Jing-Jeou in the Republic of China (Taiwan).

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1 Response for “Under protest, Justice Awich officially elevated to Court of Appeal”

  1. david says:

    Delayed justice is denied justice.

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