Hon. Mr. Justice Seymour Panton
The Honourable Justice Seymour Panton, was born in Blenheim, Hanover, Jamaica, on January 3, 1946.
He was called to the Bar at Lincoln’s Inn, London on November 26, 1968. During the period 1969 to 1971 he served as Clerk of the Courts and from 1971 to 1973 acted as Crown Counsel in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.
Justice Panton worked as a Legal Assistant to the Attorney General in the Cayman Islands from 1973 to 1977 and as Senior Crown Counsel from 1977 to 1978. He returned to Jamaica and in 1978 became a Resident Magistrate until 1986 when he was appointed Puisne Judge. From 1999 to 2007 he was a Judge of Appeal and in 2007 became the President of the Court of Appeal from which he retired in 2016.
Since May 2016 Justice Panton has been a Judge of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals and was a member of the Commonwealth Secretariat Arbitral Tribunal between 2008 and 2017.
He has acted as a Judge of the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands on several occasions between 2001 and 2016.
He was the recipient of a Fulbright grant to observe the operations of the American Judicial and Legislative Systems in 1990. He is a trained Legislative Draftsman.
He was honoured twice by the Cornwall Bar Association for “outstanding service to the legal profession”, by the Jamaican Bar Association for “outstanding service to the Judiciary” as well as by the Hanover Homecoming Foundation for leadership.
Justice Panton received the Order of Distinction, in the rank of Commander (CD) for “outstanding service to the Judiciary” in 2006 and was appointed a member of the Order of Jamaica (O.J.) in 2007.
He has been a Lay Preacher in the Methodist Church since 1981 and a Justice of the Peace for the Parish of Kingston since 2008. He is married to Carla Maxine Panton and is the father of two Children – Dr. Suzette-Ann Panton and Sandor Ramon Panton (Internet Marketer).