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The Ceremonial Opening of Jamaica’s Parliament, Interview with Justice Bishop

Justice Bishop poses for Vision Newspaper's Hopeton O'Connor-Dennie on the steps of Parliament at the Official Opening of Parliament Thursday February 10, 2022.


February 11, 2022 | By Hopeton O’Connor-Dennie |

Police on horse back at the Ceremonial Opening of Jamaica’s Parliament , Thursday February 10, 2022

There was much pomp and pageantry at the Ceremonial Opening of Parliament.  Among the highlights was an interview that I had with Acting President of the Court of Appeal Justice Bishop. Her humility and candor were most touching.

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The President of Appeal, acting,  has been getting high marks on review, for her brilliance.  Donna Scott Mottley, Deputy Leader of Opposition Business has hailed her for her astute legal mind. I spoke to Scott-Mottley to get her views on the new acting president of the court of appeal.

Justice Bishop poses for Vision Newspaper’s Hopeton O’Connor-Dennie on the steps of Parliament at the Official Opening of Parliament Thursday February 10, 2022.new acting President of the Court Of Appeal.

Mottley was responding to a question raised by Hopeton O’Connor-Dennie of Vision Newspaper as they left the Official Opening of Parliament Thursday, February 10, 2022.

“Her Honour Mrs. Bishop, is a sound judge and brings a breath of fresh air to the bench”

This respondent asked not to be identified.

Interview with the new acting President of the Court of Appeal

HD: What is your view of the new acting President of the Court of Appeal?

“The acting President of the Court of Appeal brings a lot of fresh thinking and brilliance to the bench. She is smart”

HD: Do you regard this elevation as your crowning achievement?

“No, I see this position as a opportunity to serve.  It is all about serving, Sir”

Continuing the acting President of the Court Appeal said:

” I am just acting …”

HD:. Be reminded that “one day busha a busha”

“Yes! I have heard that said”

Commentary

It was a most interesting interaction with Justice Bishop.  The newly installed head of the army Rear Admiral Weins Gorman was inspecting her first set of troops at the Parliament opening.  History was in the making.  It was a sight to behold. Horseback riders were a part of the pageantry.

Hopeton O’Connor-Dennie is a poet, elegist, author, and senior international journalist who writes for Vision newspaper.

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