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Members of the judiciary pay homage to Sir Edward Zacca

Monday, November 11, 2019

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Supreme Court this morning observed a moment's silence in recognition of the passing of former Chief Justice Sir Edward Zacca.

The news of Sir Edward's passing caught several members of the judiciary off guard.

Director of Public Prosecution Paula Llewellyn, who expressed surprise at the news, paid homage to the former chief justice noting that he was "such a pleasant and urbane, courteous individual".

"What was admirable was his total commitment to public service," the DPP said in extending condolences.

Supreme Court Judge Justine Vivene Harris, in concurring with the statements of the DPP, said the service given by the former chief justice was of great note.

Defence Lawyer Lloyd McFarlane said he was also "taken completely by surprise" by the news and was totally unaware he had been ill. Expressing condolences on behalf of the Bar, he said Sir Edward had "served very well".

The former chief justice passed this morning after a prolonged illness.

His passing was also acknowledged by the Appeal Court.

Sir Edward was said to have served in every Court of Appeal in the Caribbean as well as on the London-based Privy Council.

In the meantime, condolences were also expressed to the family of former Coroner of Kingston and St Andrew Justice Patrick Murphy who passed recently.

Alicia Dunkley-Willis


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