Judicial commission members named

Governor Duncan Taylor has announced seven appointments to the Judicial
and Legal Services Commission in accordance with Section 105 of the
Constitution. Commission Chairman Dan Scott
was selected last month. The remainder of the appointments are listed below:

Dara
Flowers-Burke
, graduated from
John Gray High
School as Student of the Year, and furthered her studies at the
University of
Southern California where
she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Filmic Writing (Cum Laude) with a minor in
Communication. Upon completion of her formal education, Dara lived as a writer
in Los Angeles.
Dara has worked at the Flowers Group of companies since 2004, where initially as
the Marketing and Communications Manager, she led the strategic corporate
rebrand of the Group. In 2006, she oversaw the organisational and infrastructure
modernisation of the sixty year old company, earning her an appointment to the
Board of Directors. Dara serves as a Director on the Cayman Turtle Farm Board as
well as Coordinator of the ever popular Flowers Sea Swim.

Sir
John Chadwick
was called to
the Bar of England and Wales
by Inner
Temple (Bencher 1986,
Treasurer 2004). In 1966 he was in private practice litigation and advisory
work, principally in property, company insolvency, banking, insurance and
matters including litigation in Malaysia, Hong Kong and Bermuda. From 1967-199l he was Standing Counsel to the
Department of Trade and Industry; 1974-1980 Appointed Queen’s Counsel; 1980
Judge of the Courts of Appeal of Jersey and Guernsey; 1986-1993 Recorder of
Crown Courts in England and Wales; 1989-1991 Judge of the High Court of England
and Wales assigned to the Chancery Division; 1991-1997 Chancery Supervising
Judge, Birmingham, Bristol and Cardiff; 1993-1997 Appointed to HM Privy Council;
1997 Judge of the Courts of Appeal of England and Wales; 1997-2007 Appointed
Judge of the Court of Appeal of Dubai International Financial Centre; 2008
Appointed Lieutenant Bailiff (Judge) in Guernsey and Appointed President of the
Court of Appeal of the Cayman Islands.

Edward
Zacca
, JA, OJ was Chief Justice of the Jamaican
Supreme Court from 1985 to 1996 and in accordance with the Constitution of
Jamaica, the Chief Justice he served as Acting Governor General from March to
August 1991. Edward Zacca has had a long association with the Cayman Islands beginning in 1967 when he presided in the
Grand
Court over one of the then rare murder trials. Prior
to the establishment of the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal in 1984 he was a
member of the Jamaica Court Appeal which heard appeal cases from Cayman. He
served as President of the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal from 1984 to 2008 and
also served on the Bahamas Court of Appeal from March 2000 to July 2001. He is
currently President of the Bermuda Court of Appeal, a position he has occupied
since 2004 having served as appeal judge since 1996 in that
jurisdiction.

Sir
David Anthony Simmons
K.A., B.C.H.,
Q.C., LL.M. (Lond.). entered the Faculty of Law at the London School of
Economics and Political Science in 1960 and graduated with an LL.B. degree in
1963. After additional reading he was awarded an LL.M. degree in 1965.  Sir
David lectured in law in London until his return
to Barbados in 1970. Between 1970 and
1974, he was a part-time lecturer in law at the Faculty of Law of the University
of the West Indies. Sir David has had an
outstanding career as a lawyer in Barbados and was appointed Queen’s
Counsel in 1984. He served continuously for 25 years in the Parliament of
Barbados from February 1976 to August 2001, on which date he retired from active
politics. Twice he served as Attorney-General of Barbados; first, from 1985 to 1986,
and, more recently, from September 1994 to August 2001. On many occasions during
the latter period, Sir David acted as Prime Minister of Barbados. He assumed
office as the 12th Chief Justice of Barbados on 1 January
2002.
In 2003, he was
made an Honorary Fellow of the U.W.I. and was also awarded the Honourary degree
of Doctor of Laws (LL.D.) by the University of London – the first Caribbean person to be
accorded that high distinction by that University. In 2006, Sir David was
elected as an Honourary Bencher of the Honorable Society of Lincoln’s Inn, the Inn of Court at which he qualified as a
Barrister-at-Law. As Attorney-General, Sir David presided over many initiatives
and esteemed conferences including being Chairman of the Preparatory Committee
to establish the Caribbean Court of Justice (1999-2001); first Chairman of the
Regional Judicial and Legal Services Commission (2003-2004). In 2001, for his
contribution to public service, law and politics, he was awarded the Barbados
Centennial Honour (B.C.H.), and Barbados’ highest national honour,
Knight of St. Andrew (K.A.).  He is currently Chairman of the Integrity
Commission in Turks and Caicos and will be appointed member and Chairman of the
Commission of Enquiry into the 1990 coup attempt in Trinidad.

Richard
Ground OBE QC
was called to
the Bar in Gray’s Inn, in 1975 and began his legal career in private practice at
Brick
Court, Middle Temple, where he specialized in media law
from 1976 to 83. In 1983 he moved to the Cayman Islands as Senior Crown Counsel
and was appointed Queens Counsel (Cayman
Islands) in 1987. He held the position of Attorney General of the
Cayman Islands from 1987 to 1992. In 1991 he
was awarded the OBE in the New Year’s Honours List 1991 for his services as
Attorney General in Cayman. He was a Judge of the Supreme Court of Bermuda from
1992 to 1998 and Chief Justice of the Turks & Caicos Islands from 1998 to
2004. He has been Chief Justice of Bermuda since March
2004.

Richard
Coles
studied at the
College of Law in London and is a Fellow of the Caribbean Law
Institute. He is an experienced lawyer both in England and in the Cayman Islands, being a
Solicitor admitted in England, a Cayman Islands
Attorney-at-law and Notary Public. Prior to coming to the Cayman Islands he was
the founding partner of a substantial firm of solicitors with offices in
England. From 1992 to 1999 he was the
Attorney General for the Cayman Islands, a
Member of the Cabinet and Legislative Assembly. Mr. Coles is a member of the Law
Society of England, the Commonwealth Lawyers Association, the Commonwealth
Parliamentary Association, and the Institute of Advanced Legal
Studies in London. He also has the distinction of being a
Freeman of the City of London. Since 1 December 2009, Mr. Coles has
held the position of Chair of the Cayman Islands Human Rights Commission.

Charles
Jennings
was managing
partner of Maples British Virgin Islands office in 2005 and its London office in 2006-7,
returning to Cayman on being appointed joint worldwide managing partner in 2008.
He practiced as a lawyer with Maples and Calder from 1986 until his retirement
in 2009, having been made partner in 1992. He is the President of the Cayman
Islands Law Society, a position he has held since 2001 (except for the two years
he was in London), and is the Chair of the Government’s
Financial Services Legislation Committee.

 

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3 COMMENTS

  1. Governor Taylor,

    Where are our own Caymanian educated legal experienced minds. do you undermine our educated legal minds. Why do our people always have to be judged by FOREIGN JUDGES?

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  2. Tiger:
    Take a few moments to reflect on conflict of interests, and what it means when any matter comes before a Court, or before a body like the JLSC.
    It seems to me that comments such as yours tend to show a deep-seated wish for Cayman to run its own show entirely – and why not indeed – but you should accept the full implications of that. Or, maybe, you are just playing nationalist rap at serious matters?

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