New Legislative Assembly clerk named

A new Legislative Assembly clerk was named last week.

Zena Merren-Chin took up her post on Monday, 3 August.

She replaces Wendy Lauer, who retired last month after 28 years in the clerk’s office.

Mrs. Merren-Chin began her career in public service more than two decades ago in 1986 when she enlisted as a constable in the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service. Within four years, she was pursuing legal studies.

Mrs. Merren-Chin has enjoyed a distinguished legal career, having served as an Appleby associate attorney since 1998. Her private sector experience ranged from litigation on employment, personal injury, debt collection and family law, to probate and administration applications.

She earned a bachelor of science in law enforcement and police science from Sam Houston State University and a bachelor of laws (LLB) degree from the University of Liverpool/Cayman Islands Law School.

Mrs. Merren-Chin also completed the Professional Practice Course from Queen’s University of Belfast/Cayman Islands Law School.

Before joining Appleby, she served as Deputy Clerk of Courts. In that capacity she had responsibility for the Criminal Registry (Summary and Grand Courts), the Coroner’s Court and the Juvenile and Youth Court.

Her connection to the courts system was forged while a Cayman Islands Law School student when she was articled to the Clerk of Courts, in addition to being seconded to other government departments.