Judicial commission chairman selected

Governor Duncan Taylor announced on
Friday, 2 July, that Dan Scott has been appointed chairman of the Judicial and
Legal Services Commission.

He will chair a commission
consisting of seven members whose names will be announced shortly, the
announcement said.

The role of the commission includes
advising the governor on appointments of the Chief Justice, judges of the Grand
Court; the president of the Court of Appeal, judges of the Court of Appeal, the
Attorney General, the Director of Public Prosecutions, magistrates and other
officers in the public service, which require a legal qualification; and to
advise the governor on disciplinary matters relating to people in these
offices, if necessary.

In a statement from the Governor’s
Office, Mr. Taylor said Mr. Scott had been appointed following consultation
with Premier McKeeva Bush and Leader of the Opposition Kurt Tibbetts.

Mr. Scott is the regional managing
partner and asset management sector leader for the Bahamas, Bermuda and Cayman
Islands region of Ernst & Young’s financial services office.

He is also a member of the Ernst
& Young Global Hedge Fund Steering Committee, which provides strategic
direction to the global practice. Mr. Scott has been with the company for more
than 25 years; focusing on audit and advisory services, including structuring
and servicing complex global and offshore funds.

He received a Bachelor of Science
degree in accounting from the University of Tampa and is a member of the
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Mr. Scott is also a board member of
the Cayman Islands Stock Exchange and a member of the Cayman Islands National Security
Council. He is a past president of the Cayman Islands Society of Professional
Accountants.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. I can appreciate Mr. Scott’s qualifications, but feel that for this capacity someone of a stronger judicial background should have been awarded this post.

    I am sure that he does know what it takes to award discipline, but I am sure that he was not the only selection available and must voice my opinion that someone from a judicial capacity would have been able to realize the goals of this commission more adequately.

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  2. I agree with watchmiwatchu. A chairman with a legal qualification and experience of appearing before a High Court is vital. However, Members of the Commission need not all be legally qualified. So, much depends on the qualifications and experience of the Members to be announced.

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