Distinguished Guyanese-born Jurist, Justice Louise Blenman today vowed to improve the Belizean Justice System moments after being sworn-in as the Chief Justice of Belize.
“I shall use my best efforts to improve the administration of justice in Belize. I am committed to ensuring that the most important court users, mainly the litigants, are provided with easy access to justice that is fair, independent and efficient,” Chief Justice Blenman said in her acceptance speech.
The newly appointed Chief Justice of Belize who is the first woman to be confirmed in the position, warned that unless the Court system works effectively and efficiently, investors would be slow to go to Belize. As such, she pledged to work to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the justice system in the country.
“I am looking forward to contributing significantly to the reforms of the Justice System which are aimed at improving the quality and timeliness of delivery of justice in Belize,” Chief Justice Blenman said.
The new Chief Justice of Belize took her oath in the presence of the Governor General, Froyla Tzalam; Minister of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Immigration of Belize, Eamon Courtenay; and former President of the Caribbean Court of Justice, Sir Dennis Byron among other dignitaries, family and friends.
Chief Justice Blenman said she is more than honoured to serve the people of Belize, and will work uphold the rule of law.
“It is with humility but with the greatest pleasure that I stand here today, having just sworn the oath of office of Chief Justice. It is an honour to be appointed Chief Justice of Belize. I have undertaken to execute my duties without fear or favour, ill-will or affection in an efficient and effective matter,” she said.
She noted that a high functioning administration of justice is critical to the maintenance of any democratic society.
“I am determined to contribute to the adherence to the rule of law, to provide leadership aimed at ensuring that the judiciary remains independent, shows fidelity to the rule of law and the separation of powers,” she said.
The newly appointed Chief Justice said it important for the constitutional rights of persons protected and enforced.
Justice Blenman’s wealth of experience spans over 34 years with 15 years as an attorney serving mainly in the public bars in Guyana and St. Lucia, including as the Solicitor General of St. Lucia.
Justice Blenman said during that period she was afforded the opportunity to work closely with three outstanding Chief Justices namely Sir Dennis Byron, Sir Hugh Rawlins and Justice Dame Janice Pereira, and fully participated in the ongoing reforms which have thus far strengthened the courts of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court.
“My 22 years of public service allowed me to view the reforms and participate in them close up. I intend to willingly share my experience and expertise with the People of Belize. I am of the firm view that the Caribbean is stronger together and we must continue to share our experiences and expertise with each other,” she said.
Pledging her commitment to work with the Bar Association, the Chief Justice urged the body to be fearless, and independent in its pursuit for justice.
The distinguished Guyanese jurist credited her success to the Almighty God, her immediate family, and support and mentorship received from Senior Counsel Rex McKay and Former Chancellor of the Judiciary, the late Justice Keith Massiah.