PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - Four judges were installed to the Supreme Court (Court of Cassation) on Friday marking a significant step towards establishing an independent judicial power in Haiti.
President Michel Martelly appointed the judges on January 12 and with their installation, the court now has 11 judges and only needs 1 judge to complete the court of 12.
The installation of Judges Wendell Thello Coq, Kesner Michel Thermezy, Frantzy Philemon and Louis Pressoir Jean-Pierre took place at the Conference Room of the Justice Academy located in Pernier.
The ceremony was attended by Prime Minister Garry Conille, former President Boniface Alexandre as well as other government officials.
President Martelly welcomed in his speech welcomed his work mentioning his belief for the rule of law. He said the rule of law is the prerequisite for socio-economic development.
"From 2004 to 2011, the Supreme Court worked with a small staff of judges. What prevented the establishment of the Higher Judicial Council (CSPJ). Until then, there had been no appointment of judges to the Court of Cassation. During the election campaign, I promised to appoint judges to the Court of Cassation. I respect my promise again," he emphasized.
Martelly, also announced in the coming days the establishment of the Supreme Council of the Judicial Power (CSPJ). According to him, this structure plays an important role in building the rule of law. The Head of State appealed to all members of the judiciary to achieve the formation of the Board.
Martelly called for good relations between the executive, legislature and judiciary and the independence of the judiciary was central in his speech. "It is high time that the judiciary is no longer treated as a poor relation. Long live the law, the Court of Cassation bright, lively judicial independence, "he said.
Meanwhile, Mr. Arnel Alexis Joseph, President of the Court, praised the new judges. And he congratulated President Martelly for his work.
"The Court welcomes the arrival of four new judges. We thank the Head of State who has been lucky to make those choices so precious. History will record the name of Martelly that allowed justice to be free," suggested the President of the Court.
The Government Commissioner at the Court of Cassation, Thiers Malette, has, too, glorifies new judges. He expressed confidence in the competence, honesty and courage of the judges for the proper functioning of the judicial system in Haiti.
He said that "these new judges will make the next generation more efficient. They are honest judges, competent, that Haiti needs. They swell the fine team of the Court of Cassation. "
The spokesman of the new judges, Mr. Wendell Coq Tello, promises to work for judicial reform in Haiti. He called for respect for the law to the highest degree.