Joan Sawyer leaves the Court of Appeals next week

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Another Breaking BP News Alert Confirmed:

Justice Joan Sawyer

Nassau, Bahamas – THE CABINET OFFICE wishes to inform the public that Madam President Dame Joan Sawyer will retire as President of the Court of Appeal on Friday, 26 November 2010.

Dame Joan Sawyer has had a distinguished career on the bench of both the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal including having served from 1996 as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court before appointment as President of the Court of Appeal in 2001.  Dame Joan has done much to make an enduring mark on the development of the Court of Appeal and her contribution is greatly appreciated.

Consequential upon the retirement of Dame Joan Sawyer from the Office of President of the Court of Appeal, Madam Senior Justice Anita Allen will retire as a Justice of the Supreme Court effective Friday, 26 November 2010.

Also on that day, Madam Senior Justice Anita Allen will be sworn in as President of the Court of Appeal.

Senior Justice Allen has rendered valuable service in the delivery of justice by the Supreme Court since her appointment as a justice in 1996.  She was elevated to the title of Senior Justice in 2005.  It is a real benefit to the country that she will shortly assume the responsibility of heading the appellate court.