The Jamaican Bar Association says it’s suggestion the Prime Minister change the old practice of appointing Chief Justices has nothing to do with politics.

President of the Bar, Jacqueline Cummings-Gordon, says concerns have been raised with previous appointments.

[audio_mp3 url=”https://nationwideradiojm.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/CUMMINGS-GORDON-no-politics-NOV282017.mp3″]

This comes as Chief Justice Zaila McCalla is to retire at the end of January next year, and a search is now on for her successor.

The Constitution of Jamaica dictates that the Chief Justice is appointed by the Governor-General on the advice of the Prime Minister after consultations with the Opposition Leader.

The Bar has written Prime Minister Andrew Holness, imploring him that the process of appointing a new Chief Justice should start with advertising the position and receiving as broad a field of candidates as possible.

Mrs. Cummings Gordon says the position should be advertised throughout Jamaica and the Commonwealth.

[audio_mp3 url=”https://nationwideradiojm.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/CUMMINGS-GORDON-advertise-it-NOV282017.mp3″]

–30–