Chief Magistrate Margaret Ramsay-Hale takes centre stage this week at the UCCI International Conference.
On Thursday, she will give the response and host a question and answer session following Sir Shridath Ramphal’s keynote address.
Friday she headlines the conference’s second plenary session at Sir Vassel Johnson Hall. Her presentation is Feminism 2.0.
Ms Ramsay-Hale was born in Kingston, Jamaica, to Ian Ramsay QC and his wife, Rosa, a native of Iceland.
She was educated in Jamaica to the age of 16 before going to England in 1977 to do her A-levels. She entered the London School of Economics in 1979 and read for a degree in economics, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree with Honours in 1981.
In September of 1986 she entered the UWI to study law. She was called to the Bar in October 1991 and entered the practice of law in the Chambers of Howard Hamilton QC. In January 1994, she accepted the invitation of the director of Public Prosecutions of Jamaica to join the Public Bar as Crown Counsel
In 1995, she was appointed a judge of the Family Court in St. James, Jamaica, eventually moving to the criminal courts as a resident magistrate for the parish. In September of 1998, she came to Cayman to serve as a magistrate of the Summary Court of the Cayman Islands. In 2006, she sat as an acting judge of the Grand Court over the course of several months. In 2008, she was appointed chief magistrate.
Outside of the courthouse, she is engaged in many other pursuits. She was a tutor in criminal law at the Cayman Islands Law School from 1999 until April 2010. She was appointed to the National Drug Council in 2000 and served on that board for over five years and was re-appointed to the Council in 2010. She is an honorary member of the Business and Professional Women’s Club, Rotary Central, Rotary Sunrise and the Lions Club of the Cayman Islands and has been chairman of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Cayman Islands since 2001.
She has three children, Matthew 19, Sarah 17 and Lauren 16.