Prime Minister Andrew Holness is expressing sadness at the passing of former Chief Justice of Jamaica, Sir Edward Zaaca.

The former Chief Justice died today after a period of illness.

He was 88 years old.

In a statement from the Office of the Prime Minister today, Mr Holness said Sir Edward had a long and distinguished career as a jurist not only in Jamaica but in the Caribbean.

He says the late Chief Justice carried out his duties fairly, fearlessly and justly.

The Prime Minister noted that Sir Edward served as acting Governor General of Jamaica from March to August 1991.

He also served as President of the Court of Appeal of the Bahamas from March 2000 to July 2001.

Meanwhile, Opposition Leader , Dr Peter Phillips, has expressed regret at the passing of former Chief Justice, Sir Edward Zacca.

Dr Phillips says Chief Justice Zacca has given distinguished service to the country at critical phases in its immediate post-Independence years.

The Opposition Leader in a statement today says Justice Zacca’s reach and influence went far beyond the Jamaican shores ultimately rising to the position of Chief Justice.

Dr Phillips says Sir Edward developed a reputation for integrity, learning and excellence in judicial circles.

He notes that Chief Justice Zacca also served as a member of the United Kingdom’s Privy Council.

The late chief Justice also served as the first Justice of the Court of Appeal for Bermuda in 1996.

The PNP President expressed condolences to Chief Justice Zacca’s family – his wife, Hope Margaret and children Christopher, Edward Jr. and Karen.