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Chief Justice designate, Kenneth Benjamin makes first appearance in court area Print E-mail
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Thursday, 15 September 2011 00:00

Kenneth BenjaminThe New Chief Justice of Belize arrived in Belize on Thursday afternoon and a day later on Friday, September 9th, he was spotted in the court area in the presence of the Supreme Court Registrar, Velda Flowers.

It was not business as yet, we were told, he was just getting familiar with his new surroundings.

He, however, never went to his new office, that being the Chief Justice’s chambers.  On Friday morning, at about 10:00 a.m., he arrived in the company of a police escort where he was taken to the area of the Supreme Court Library where he entered the Court of Appeal’s office.

He remain there for about an hour and 25 minutes where he met with Registrar Flowers and then he left with her as they were escorted by a police.

Kenneth A. Benjamin is due to step into office on Thursday, September 15th as Belize’s new Chief Justice.

He is originally from Guyana and has served 17 years as the Chief Justice in Antigua and Barbuda.  Kenneth Benjamin was the former High Court judge of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court and a judge of the Criminal Division of the High Court of Saint Lucia.

He is replacing former CJ, Abdulai Conteh.  Since the departure of CJ Conteh, the judicial system has been operating under the acting Chief Justice, Samuel Lungole Awich.