Haiti - Justice : Swearing of Judges Raymond Jean-Michel and Marie Jocelyne Casimir
Excerpts of the speech, of the new Dean, Raymond Jean-Michel
"[...] [...] Life in itself is not static. It is dynamic, and in dynamism it always brings change. Me Casimir goes. I offer him my congratulations, because she has done its best to ensure the management of this court. My oath today made me his successor. The innovations of Me Casimir will be followed with all the changes that the current circumstances require.
To this well-deserved promotion, obtained after more than 15 years approximately in the Haitian judicial system sometimes as a substitute government commissioner near the prosecution of the Court of First Instance of Port-au-Princesometimes, as judge to the Special court of Work of Port-au-Prince, I believe that the authorities have done justice to me, because I had integrated the system on October 9, 1996.
[...] I open widely my arms with all that the word has of permanent and sustainable to all my fellow judges of that court. Their contribution will be very useful to me. Without their collaboration, no progress will be possible in the management of that court. Besides these fellow judges and I, we are of the same generation. My success is their success. My failure is also theirs. I will take into account all stakeholders of the system : bailiffs, clerks, litigants, lawyers, board members of the Bar of Port-au-Prince [...] I solemnly appeal all these players to join the Dean in an elbow to elbow fraternal mixed with a patriotic fervor unlike any other so that we do of this court an important tribunal that really do justice to whom justice is due."
Excerpts of the speech, of the judge Casimir :
"[...] By the honor that I am receiving by the highest authorities of the State, I have the pleasure to say with what satisfaction I find myself climbing this new level in this chamber of the courthouse. For my part, I appreciate this mark of confidence as the importance attached to the merit. I joined the magistracy at this second degree, at the time where the Haitian society experienced the rule of law as the perspective towards human development. [...] I just wrap a long experience after leading the deanship of the Court of First Instance of Port-au-Prince for two years. I learned to listen, understand, in resume I learned.
[...] It is with great pleasure that I find myself among you. I came to work, learn and collaborate. I come humbly and calmly put myself in your school and I intend to keep the same ardor, the same discipline which I had shown in the first degree. Honourable President, fellow judges of the court, you can already count on my righteousness and my discipline to make of the Court of Appeal of Port-au-Prince what it has always been: a court operating with efficiency and in order.
This modern pedagogy, which allows us to learn together, will have the virtue to result to the progress in the quality of our work. The collegial is the level of the judiciary where the values are added and are the complement to review, revise and retry. So I will have at heart to put myself more each day, at the pace of excellence to deserve your cooperation that I have the honor to request [...]"