Former Chief Magistrate among two sworn in as Judges


By Jomo Paul

Priya Sewnarine – Beharry taking her oath. [iNews' Photo]
Priya Sewnarine – Beharry taking her oath. [iNews’ Photo]
[] – Former Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine – Beharry and Former Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions, Jo-Ann Barlow were sworn in as Puisne Judges as the Judicial Service Commission moves to ramp up the judiciary.

The two women were appointed to the post by Former President Donald Ramotar; however they were not sworn in and that task was left to President David Granger.

Beharry and Barlow were sworn-in on Monday, June 29 in the presence of Attorney General, Basil Williams; Chancellor of the Judiciary, Carl Singh; Minister of State, Joseph Harmon; family members and a few other government officials.

Jo-Ann Barlow taking her oath. [iNews' Photo]
Jo-Ann Barlow taking her oath. [iNews’ Photo]
Also present was the Speaker of the National Assembly, Barton Scotland and Director of Public Prosecutions, Bibi Shalimar-Hack.

Speaking to the media shortly after the swearing in ceremony, both women expressed pleasure for the appointments.

President David Granger with the new female judges. [iNews' Photo]
President David Granger with the new female judges. [iNews’ Photo]
The former Chief Magistrate said “I will bring what I have been bringing for the last ten years; I promise to serve my new office without fear or favour.”

Meanwhile, Barlow stated that “there is no one feeling that I can tap into because as happy as I am about today, I am also sad about leaving where I work for most of my working life and that is in the chamber of the Director of Public Prosecutions but I am sure that in the days ahead, my feelings will find balance.”


  1. I think the article is incomplete in that it did not mention who will be taking over from these learned fellows.

  2. Congratulations to these two Professional Legal Ladies. I wish them all the very best in their appointment as Honourable Judges. Now, I just can stop without saying something about the attire of Mr President. I have to say that he looks very presidential in that out-fit. But I guess that the (healthy) debate of his attires will still continue for sometime in the future. I also like his warm smile as he stands proudly between the two new Judges. Bravo.


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