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23 November 2012
Fifth Anniversary for Chief Justice
Chief Justice, Charles Ekins' marked his five year anniversary of service to the island.
St Helena Judge sworn in

Sharon Henry, SHBC

Friday 23 November at 10.30am the St Helena Government marked  the five year anniversary Chief Justice, Charles Ekins' service to the island.  He arrived on the RMS St Helena Thursday 22 November and will depart the island on 6 December. 

The Police Department, Scouting and Guiding bodies and the Seventh Day Aventist Church did a march pass to mark the occasion, keeping in time with the Scout band.  On the Court House steps Chief Justice, Charles Ekins was joined by members of the legal team and government officials.  Around 100 onlookers watched the proceedings and were entertained by the Ladies Orchestra and Friends under the cover of drizzly rain.  Chief Justice Ekins did an inspection of the Police Department and met with the other uniformed contingents.

The occasion concluded with speeches given in the Court House to formally welcome the Chief Justice and his wife Mrs Ekins.  The Chief Justice welcomed recent additions Chief Magistrate, John MacRitchie and looked forward to "a long and fruitful collaboration with him." He went on to say, "The appointment of the Chief Magistrate represents a significant development for St Helena.  With this appointment and when the Chief Magistrate sits as part of the Magistrates Court, the powers of the magistrates within their criminal and civil jurisdictions are considerably enhanced."  He also welcomed newcomer Assistant Solictor, Faryma Bahrami to the legal team.  

This is Ekins' second visit this year. There are no criminal trials during this visit but two criminal appeals and various civil and matrimonial matters are to be dealt with. 

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