Jamaica: Justice Vivene Harris Elevated To Court Of Appeal, Five Parish Court Jurists Moving Up

Justice Vivene Harris, who presided over the successful prosecution of a police death squad case, is to be appointed the 13th judge on the Court of Appeal, filling the last vacant seat on the nation’s second-highest court.  

Harris’ elevation from the Supreme Court will take effect on January 11.

Governor General Sir Patrick Allen is expected to swear in Harris, as well as eight other judicial officers to the Supreme Court, at a ceremony at King’s House in St Andrew.   

Some of Harris’ recent high-profile cases included the 2019 trial of five men, four of whom were convicted for the beheading of a woman and her daughter in Lauriston, St Catherine, in 2011.  

She also presided over the 2018 trial of police constable Collin ‘Chucky’ Brown in one of the so-called police death squad cases, in which it was purported that cops murdered alleged criminals instead of following due process.


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