New Court of Appeal president sworn in
Former Senior Justice Anita Allen was yesterday sworn in as the new President of the Court of Appeal.
Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham said Allen is qualified to lead the second highest court in the country.
“I am pleased that you were finally able to accept my invitation to be appointed to the Court of Appeal. And, I was privileged to be able to recommend to the Governor General your appointment as its president,” said Ingraham at the ceremony at Government House.
“Let me state emphatically that the collegiality and necessary interaction between the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal must be restored and nurtured,” said Allen.
“There must never be the appearance of an adversarial stance between the two courts, as it compromises the respect and authority of both.
“They must be complementary to each other while exercising their separate jurisdiction. It is also important that the ethos of the Court of Appeal be such that there is mutual respect between bench and bar, civility, and a judicial temperance, which facilitates the pursuit of justice and upholds the dignity of the process.”
Ingraham said women are making major strides forward in the legal profession.
“I take great satisfaction in progress being achieved in our judiciary by accomplished Bahamians,”he said.”I am compelled to note that increasingly, it is Bahamian women who are by and far amongst our greatest legal stars.”
Allen was a justice of the Supreme Court for more than 14 years.
“I assure you prime minister, and the people of The Bahamas and all who seek justice before the Court of Appeal, that my colleagues and I will dispense justice in accordance with the highest judicial standards,”she said.
Ingraham reiterated his promise to work to strengthening the judicial system in the country.
“I take this opportunity to reaffirm my government’s commitment to a strong and independent judiciary, which is essential to our democracy and to the rule of law,” he said.