In the presence of Acting Governor Hon George McCarthy, two new members of the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal took their oaths of office last Thursday.
The new president of Court of Appeal, the Right Hon Sir John Chadwick, and Justice of Appeal, Dr the Hon Abdulai Conteh, were on 11 December welcomed as members of the local Court of Appeal.
The Chief Justice of the Cayman Islands Grand Court, the Hon Anthony Smellie, QC, Registrar of the Court of Appeal Audrey Bodden and Dr Conteh’s wife, Radia, were present.
Sir John Chadwick, QC, was formerly a Lord Justice of Appeal of England and Wales (1997-2007).
He was a Judge of the Courts of Appeal of Jersey and Guernsey (1986 – 1992). He was appointed a Judge of the High Court of England and Wales (Chancery Division) in 1991.
He currently holds judicial office as a Lieutenant Bailiff (judge) in Guernsey and a Judge of the Court of the Dubai International Financial Centre.
Dr Conteh has been Chief Justice of Belize since 2000. He is a trustee of the Caribbean Court of Justice and has served as Attorney General and in several ministerial positions including Minister of Justice in his home country of Sierra Leone. Dr Conteh has served in other capacities as an international jurist, including as the UN consultant for the restoration of the judicial administration of East Timor
Welcoming the new judges, the Acting Governor hoped that Cayman would benefit from their wide and varied expertise while they in turn would find their stint in the Islands fruitful.
The Chief Justice congratulated and welcomed the incoming President and Justice of Appeal and said that he looked forward to working with them for the improvement of the administration of justice in the Islands.
The two new judges join the court’s other new appointee, the Hon. Geoffrey Vos, QC. Mr Vos was sworn in on 24 November and joined the Hon Justice Ian Forte, who was Acting President, and the Hon. Justice Elliott Mottley, QC, for the November-December session of the court.
The strength of the Court of Appeal has risen to five justices for the first time.