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May 6, 2022

New Chief Justice will Sit in Both Courts

Acknowledging that there have been serious concerns with backlogs in the upper courts, the duality of the Chief Justice will allow for the presiding judge to sit on matters in both jurisdictions, the Supreme Court, as well as the Court of Appeal.


Magali Marin-Young

Magali Marin-Young, Attorney General

“We have had problems with the timely delivery of justice in the senior courts, meaning the Supreme Court to be renamed the High Court and the Court of Appeal. So that we will be able to, the recasting of the role is to ensure that the Chief Justice is able to better supervise and to focus on administration and can sit in either jurisdiction, but the focus will be on administration to ensure that we don’t have an accumulation of backlogs. If there is any judge who is taking very long in hearing matters, the Chief Justice would be able to have a better handle of the various courts and to be able to deal with those judges who may be delinquent. So what we are hoping with the recasting of the role is to strengthen the administration of justice but it won’t affect any cases currently before the court. We’ve tried to engage the social partners and the stakeholders in the administration of justice, the Office of the D.P.P., her crowns, those were the persons we engaged in the consultation because they are the persons familiar with the administration and some of the shortcomings of the current structure.”

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