Appeal Court president, judge take oath

Sir John Chadwick, new president of the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal, took his of office last Thursday.

In the same ceremony, Justice Abdulai Conteh, took his oath in the presence of the Acting Governor, George McCarthy.

Chief Justice Anthony Smellie, registrar of the Court of Appeal Audrey Bodden and Mr. Conteh’s wife, Radia, were present.

Welcoming the new judges, Mr. McCarthy hoped 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. He said he looked forward to working with them for the improvement of the administration of justice in the Islands, a Government Information Services release stated.

The two judges did not take part in the Court of Appeal session that ended on 12 December.

Sir John 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 holds judicial office as a Lieutenant Bailiff (judge) in Guernsey and a Judge of the Court of the Dubai International Financial Centre.

Mr. 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. Mr. 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

The strength of the Court of Appeal has risen to five justices for the first time.