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Oct 4, 2010

Sam Lungole-Awich sworn in as Acting Chief Justice

San Lungole-Awich

Doctor Abdulai Conteh retired as Chief Justice last Thursday after ten years of service to the country and people of Belize. In the height of the controversy on the “unseemly manner” in which the retirement of Conteh was dealt with, Prime Minister Dean Barrow was specific that a serving justice of the Supreme Court would act until January first 2011 when the new Chief justice is installed. This morning at the Governor General’s residence in the Capital, magistrates and judges were in attendance as Justice Sam Lungole-Awich took the oath as the country’s Acting Chief Justice. The ceremony was brief; it included a statement from Awich. He referred to the burning question of law and order saying that most of the rules in the criminal justice process were suited for the past when crime was not prevalent and witnesses were more honest and forthcoming. According to Awich it is no justice today to apply the level of punishments of twenty years ago. The acting CJ then took the oath.

Sam Lungole-Awich, Acting Chief Justice

“I, Samuel Awich, do say I will bear true faith and allegiance to Belize. And I will uphold the constitution and the law and that I will conscientiously impartially, the best of my ability discharge my duties as Acting Chief Justice and do right t all men and people without fear or favor, affection or ill-will, so help me God.”

Jose Sanchez

“How do feel about the appointment of Samuel Awich as the Acting Chief Justice?”

B.Q. Pitts, Attorney General

B. Q. Pitts

“Very good, I think they have the proper person. I said good things of him. I’ve seen him operate. Let me tell you, I have thirty-five years a lawyer. So even by accident, I should have arrived of some good opinion about people. As well as the now temporary successor will do in a temporary capacity for the time being.”

Jose Sanchez

“How soon do you think we will see the appointment of a permanent CJ?”

B.Q. Pitts

“That again is within the control of the prime minister. If you look at the constitution you will see he says just that. I’m not telling tales out of school.”

The deadline for applications for the post of Chief Justice was extended from August to October fifteenth. It is not known if the Acting CJ applied to permanently remain in the job.

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4 Responses for “Sam Lungole-Awich sworn in as Acting Chief Justice”

  1. rod says:

    another lawyer with his degree from brodies this pm is sick in the head if you take this pm brain and put it ina wa blackbud y fly back way.

  2. Edith says:

    Go PM Barrow, in another two yrs under your leadership Belize will b at the top (OF THE LIST OF WORST RAN COUNTRIES)

  3. boohoo says:

    does anyone notice how the attorney general always seem kinda dumb in his responses to questions.

  4. Earl Grey says:

    Acting C.J. Awich is aware of the…… NEED FOR NEW AND UPDATED LAWS…. that’s a good start.


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