This Day In Jamaican History

This day in Jamaican History – Daisy Chambers, Jamaica’s first woman solicitor

Daisy Chambers Jamaica's first woman solicitor

On March 17, 1948 Daisy Chambers is admitted by the Court of Appeal as Jamaica’s first woman solicitor. The Court of Appeal is the highest appellate court in Jamaica; it is superior to the Supreme Court. The Court is composed of a President and six other Judges.

The Chief Justice is also a judge ex officio of the Court of Appeal, but participates only when asked to do so by the President. Although the Court of Appeal is the highest court in Jamaica, its judgements may themselves be appealed to the Queen-in-Council, in which case they are heard by the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in London.

In May 2015, the House of Representatives approved with the necessary two-thirds majority bills to end legal appeals to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council and make the Caribbean Court of Justice as Jamaica’s final court of appeal. The reform will be debated by the Senate. However, the government will need the support of at least one opposition senator for the measures to be approved by the required two-thirds majority.

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