Justice Sam Awich sworn in as new Justice of Appeal

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

Belmopan, May 16th, 2012

Justice Samuel Awich (Photo by Channel 5 Belize)

Justice Samuel Lungole Awich was today sworn in as a Justice of the Belize Court of Appeal by the Acting Governor General, His Excellency Carlos Perdomo, at Belize House, Belmopan. Present at the swearing-in ceremony were his wife, son and daughter.

Justice Awich who is originally from Uganda has served as a Supreme Court Judge in Belize since April 2001. He retired as a Judge of the Supreme Court on 15th May 2012 after attaining the age of 65 years.

Justice Awich was appointed as Acting Chief Justice in October 2010 on the retirement of the former Chief Justice, Dr Abdulai Conteh. He continued to act as Chief Justice until September 2011 until the appointment of Justice Kenneth Benjamin as Chief Justice.

Before coming to Belize, Justice Awich served as a Judge of the High Court of Solomon Islands from March 1995 to 2001. He also sat as a Judge of the Court of Appeal of Solomon Islands from March 1998 to February 2001.

Other Justices of the Court of Appeal are Justice Manuel Sosa as President and Justice Dennis Morrison and Justice Douglas Mendes.

The next Sitting of the Court of Appeal commences on 11th June, 2012 in Belize City. Also sworn in at today’s ceremony was Mr. Bernard Pitts as the Chairman of the Elections and Boundaries Commission. Mr. Pitts’ appointment was approved by the Senate at its meeting held on 11th May 2012.

Mr. Pitts’ appointment is for a period of five years with effect from 15th May 2012. He will replace Mr. Alberto August who resigned last month.

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