ST. THOMAS—The Committee on Rules and Judiciary, chaired by Sen. Kenneth L. Gittens, convened, Monday at the Earle B. Ottley Legislative Hall, where they approved Justices Maria Swan, Ive Swan and Rhys Hodge to serve at the Supreme Court of the Virgin Islands. The Committee Chair explained that the process of vetting was necessary to ensure that nominees are “qualified and suitable” to serve the people of the Virgin Islands in a “fair and respectable” manner.
Legislators spoke highly of Justice Maria Cabret, whose nomination to serve an additional ten-year term on the bench of the Supreme Court of the V.I., was approved with a vote of 5 yes, 2 absent (Sens. Forde, James). “Your testimony shows your true character as you recognize all those persons who have helped you along the way and/or inspire you,” said Sen. Gittens. “You have not forgotten from whence or from who you came.”