As the only surviving former chief
justice of the Cayman Islands, I felt the need to record my happiness on
reading of the appointment of the Judicial and Legal Services Commission.
The distinction of the people who have
consented to serve on the commission reflects its importance as a foundation
upon which the proper functioning of the judicial arm of government depends.
Its establishment was among the
issues that I submitted as requiring a policy consideration by the newly
appointed governor within six months from October 1995.
Nothing had been achieved by the
time of my retirement in June 1998. It as in that month that a group of
representatives of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, the Commonwealth
Lawyers’ Association, the Commonwealth Legal Education Association and the Commonwealth
Magistrates and Judges Association met in London to produce guidelines, which
became known and widely accepted in the Commonwealth as the Latimer House Guidelines. Among these were
recommendations concerning a Judicial Services Commission, established either
by the constitution or by statute.
The lamentable consequences that
can arise from the absence of such a body have become only too apparent in the
Cayman Islands in recent times.