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Chief Justice and Vice Chancellor: Hon. Sir J. Lucie Smith, C.M.G.
Assistant Judge: Hon. Alan Ker
Kingston Charles Rampini
Spanish Town Robert Kerr
Mandeville Francis Fleming
Falmouth Henry J. B. Hancock
Port Antonio Robert Baird
Montego Bay Frederic Williams
Sav. la Mar George G. Little
Spanish Town G. Shaw, Sr.
Kingston H. J. Bicknell
St. Thomas Richard Carter
Montego Bay T. H. Sharpe
St Elizabeth Richard Carter
St. Ann Captain Cartwright
Attorney General: Hon. E. L. O'Malley
Crown Solicitor and Assistant Attorney General for Eastern Circuit:- S. C. Burke, Kingston
Assistant Attorney General Western Circuit: S. D. Lindo
Registrar and Clerk of the Court and Crown: Thomas Hendrick, Kingston
Chief Clerk: John Jackson James, Kingston
Junior Clerk: John Garel, Kingston
Third Clerk: H. G. Richards, Kingston
The Judicial Establishment of Jamaica consists of the Court of Chancery, Court of Ordinary, Court of Vice-Admiralty, Vice-Admiralty Sessions, the Supreme Court of Judicature, the Circuit Courts, District Courts, and Courts of Petty Sessions.
His Excellency the Governor is Chancellor; but he never sits nor interferes in any way with the Court. It is held generally twelve times a year and is presided over by the Chief Justice, who is Vice-Chancellor. The jurisdiction and practice of this Court are nearly the same as in the Court of Chancery in England. Appeals from its decisions are allowed direct to her Majesty in council.
Vice-Chancellor: Hon. Sir J. L. Smith
Registrar and Clerk of the Courts and Crown: Thomas Hendrick
First Clerk: J. J. James
Second Clerk: J. Garel
Third Clerk: H. G. Richards
This Court meets when summoned by notice in The Jamaica Gazette. His Excellency the Governor always presides, and the Chief Justice, as Surrogate, generally sits with him. In this Court all wills are proved and letters testamentary granted, as well as letters of administration on the personal estate of persons dying intestate. By a recent enactment authority is given to direct disputed questions of fact to be tried by a jury. By 18 Vic. cap. 34 and 6 Vic. cap. 55, the Governor, as Ordinary, is authorized to direct payment of costs, to issue attachments, and also to issue commissions for proving wills in places outside of the Island.
Law No. 22, of 1874, confers a concurrent jurisdiction in matters not exceeding £200 on the District Courts. Amended by Law 22, of 1870.
Clerk: Charles H. Jackson.
Tries offences against the Customs and Revenue Laws, and adjudicates on vessels found engaged in the slave trade.
Judge and Commissary: The Hon. Sir J. L. Smith, C. M.G.
Registrar: Thomas Hendrick
Marshal and Sergeant-at-Mace: Henry Maxwell Hall.
Surrogates: Charles Harvey, St. Catherine; Wellesley Bourke and Thomas Hendrick, Kingston.
Receiver-General and Comptroller: H. Hutchings.
Meets when summoned for the hearing and determination of criminal offences committed on the high seas. The common law courts of the Island have now concurrent jurisdiction to dispose of such offences.
Judges: His Excellency the Governor, Lieut.-Governor, President and Members of the Legislative Council, Judge of the Court of Vice-Admiralty, Public Secretary, Public Treasurer, Commander-in-Chiefs, Flag Officers, Captains and Commanders of British ships of war in ports of the Island for the time being.
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