Mr. Charles Quin is the fourth judge of the Cayman Islands Grand Court.
Mr. Quin signed the instruments of appointment Thursday following his appointment by Governor Stuart Jack.
‘It is a very challenging position and I look forward to assisting the Chief Justice and the other Puisne judges,’ Mr. Quin said.
Prior to the appointment, Mr. Quin was senior partner of law firms Quin & Hampson (from 1992) and Mourant (Cayman).
Mr. Quin has been an acting magistrate of the Summary Court since 1993 and has, on occasions, acted as judge of the Grand Court, including from May this year.
He also has held legal positions in other regional countries. He served as a crown counsel in the Attorney General’s Chambers in Bermuda from 1981 to 1984. He also acted as Attorney General of Montserrat. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2004.
Mr. Quin was educated at Southampton University and the Queen`s University of Belfast. He was called to the bar of Northern Ireland in 1978, where he practised law until 1981.
He was admitted as an attorney of Grand Cayman’s Grand Court in January 1985 and was called to the Supreme Court of the Eastern Caribbean in September 2005.
Mr. Quin was president of the Cayman Islands Law Society from 1999 to 2000, and again in 2006-2007. As an attorney, he has appeared before higher courts in Ireland, Bermuda, Eastern Caribbean and Grand Cayman, as well as the Privy Council. He also has been involved in negotiations to international financial bodies, as part of Cayman’s team such as to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development in 1999.
His notable presentations at overseas conferences include at the Commonwealth Lawyers Association in Nairobi, Kenya in October 2007 on corporate governance in the Cayman Islands.
Mr. Quin is chairman of the Disciplinary Committee of the Cayman Islands Cricket Association.
Chief Justice Anthony Smellie said he is pleased to welcome Justice Quin to the Grand Court.
‘Having been acquainted with Justice Quin for the past 25 years, I am confident that his very diverse experience in many areas of the law and his knowledge and understanding of the Cayman community will enable him to respond appropriately to all matters coming before the Court,’ he said.