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May 6, 2022

Judiciary Will Expand the Bench; a New Judge to be Sworn In

The judiciary will be expanding the bench with a new judge taking an oath of office on May ninth. Along with a new justice will be a master, an officer of the court who will assist the judges of the High Court with preliminary assignments, including case management. This is in an effort to alleviate the workload of sitting judges.

 

Magali Marin-Young

Magali Marin-Young, Attorney General

“On Monday, we will be swearing in another judge and in the near future we will be swearing in, before the end of the year, additional judges to assist with the workload in that court. For the Supreme Court, we currently have the assistance of temporary judges who, after their tenure, will have the option to apply and subject to the Judicial and Legal Services Commission reviewing their performance and application, they too could be appointed to their respective, to sit permanently on the High Court. We do intend to add to the compliment of judges in the High Court, but if you look at the current structure we are putting in place, we are creating a judicial office which is a master, and a master will be assisting the High Court judges with their workload in hearing interlocutory applications. So that your High Court judges would be able to focus on the substantive trials and the master will hear the case management, will hear the applications for injunctions. The master takes up the case all the way to pretrial and then the judge focuses on trial and judgment. So with the additional complement of the office of master, we believe that we will be assisting with the workload for members of the High Court.”


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