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ADDRESS OF THE HON. CHIEF JUSTICE, SIR ISAAC HYATALI, T.C. - page 13 / 17

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I do not think that it is being suggested that Judges are not entitled to their vacation. We are certainly not happy with an arrangement which compels us to take our vacation during a specified period and, what is worse, to lose it if we do not take it then. But we all accept the system with equanimity, albeit reluctantly, as a practical and convenient one and the experience of past years supports it as a most sensible one in all the circumstances.

LAST SCRIPTURAL MESSAGE Last year Mr. Justice Rees, as he then was, read his farewell scriptural message from the pulpit of the Holy Trinity Cathedral and it is with regret that I now place on record that Mr. Justice Phillips did the same this morning at the Church of the Sacred Heart.

Within three years hence, another two Justices of Appeal will have retired and in the year subsequent to that period I shall be giving way to my successor.

BENCH NO ATTRACTION TO THE BAR

I mention these developments for the purpose of pointing out that the present salaries and terms of service of Judges have not only failed to make the Bench an attraction, let alone the dominant attraction to the legal profession, but that we are headed for a situation in which the brandy will have to be watered considerably in order to fill future vacancies on the Bench.

SALARIES REVIEW COMMISSION The Salaries Review Commission provided for in the Republican Constitution of 1976, has at long last been appointed, and we are happy to acknowledge that the personnel selected to constitute the membership of this most important body, commands our highest confidence.

The Commission, I am advised, has already begun its Herculean task under the competent direction and chairmanship of Queen’s Counsel Mr. Mitra Sinanan, and now that he has given up his practice at the Bar to discharge the duties of this responsible

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