CJ is not forum shopping

The Registrar of the Supreme Court wishes to dismiss, as totally without fact or merit, a report carried on TV6 News on September 6, 2019 that accuses The Honourable the Chief Justice of “Forum Shopping”.

In the report, several erroneous claims are made in respect of the management of the assignment of dockets, based on information from “a source within the Judiciary” on the re-assignments of Mme. Justice Lambert Peterson to the Civil jurisdiction of the High Court and Mr. Justice Harris to the Family Court. The fallacious information surrounding these unfortunate views of the “sources” must be addressed.

The following is therefore pertinent:

  • The re-assignments of the two High Court Judges under reference were made as a result of the requests of both Judges;
  • Upon the re-assignment of Justice Harris to the Family Court, his civil docket became unassigned. This allowed for the seamless assignment of the docket to Justice Lambert Peterson on her re-assignment to the Civil jurisdiction;
  • The assignment of matters within the existing dockets of Judges falls within the purview of the Registrar of the Supreme Court. The Registrar and her team are working currently on the details of both dockets to facilitate the re-assignments.  As is customary all “part heard” matters will remain with the original docketed Judge. At no time was the Registrar instructed by The Honourable the Chief Justice on the assignment of any particular matters within the dockets of the two High Court Judges, and most importantly;

 The finalization of the respective Judges’ dockets is a matter that has  not been under the directive of the Chief Justice as has been reported.

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