President David Granger administered the Oath of Office to Justice Yonette Cummings-Edwards who was earlier today sworn-in as Chief Justice (Ag), in a ceremony at the Ministry of the Presidency, a release from the Ministry of the Presidency said. She replaces Justice Ian Chang whose pre-retirement leave began yesterday.
In a brief comment after she was sworn-in, Justice Cummings-Edwards said that she is elated, honoured and humbled to be appointed to one of the highest judicial offices in the country. Foremost on her list of priorities as Acting Chief Justice, she said, according to the release is the issue of the backlog of cases and other critical matters affecting the smooth functioning of the judiciary. While noting that the issue of backlogged cases is not only an issue for Guyana, it must be handled consistently and with all hands on board, she said.
“It is my view that it is a team effort and we can do it,” the new Chief Justice said.