Four new judges installed

Four new judges were installed with the Joint Court of Justice of Aruba, Curacao and St. Maarten and Bonaire, Saba and St. Eustatius at the Court of Curaçao. Two of the judges had already begun earlier this year.

One of the judges is ‘Mauritsz de Kort, born on Aruba from an Aruban/Curaçao family. After his study at the Heao in Arnhem and the universities of Leiden and London, he worked as a lawyer on Curaçao, Aruba and St. Maarten. After having started his judge training at the Court in 2007, he was appointed judge with the court on August 1st this year.

As newly installed judge, De Kort held a speech, quoting the story of Ompi Ellis and the lion with three legs. In a radio program broadcasted every Saturday morning, Ompi Ellis congratulated children. The children, who turned 12 years, received a certificate because their age implied more freedom from the parents. That freedom involved trust though, comparable with Siamese twins. Taking advantage of someone, leads to a breach of trust in a relationship, between parents and children, brothers and sisters or with colleagues. “This also applies for the judges, who are all independent. As long as our court fulfills its constitutional tasks, it will have the population’s trust. Trust in the legal system but also the parliament and the government is of vital importance,” says De Kort. The lion with the three legs in the court’s hall represents the constitutional system of the judiciary, the legislature and the executive. If one of the legs gets broken, the trust is gone. Therefore, the statue serves as a constant reminder of the vital importance of trust, says De Kort.

Of the other three judges, Selma Verheijen is from the court in The Hague and assigned to the civil and administrative sectors. After his term with the court in Amsterdam, Constantijn van Dam van Isselt is now assigned to the criminal law sector in view of his expertise in this field. Having worked in almost all areas of justice, Lia van Gastel is assigned to the court combination.

23 September 2011

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