Governor Duncan Taylor has
announced the appointment of Cheryll Richards, QC, as Cayman’s first Director
of Public Prosecutions.
Ms Richards was appointed on the
advice of Judicial and Legal Services Commission and will formally take up her
post at the start of next month.
The Judicial and Legal Services
Commission recently carried out an open recruitment process, and the post was
advertised locally and overseas.
Following an initial short-listing process,
the Deputy Governor chaired an interview panel which comprised three members of
the commission and the Acting Chief Officer for the Portfolio of the Civil Service.
Four people were interviewed, two
of which were local candidates. Following the interviews, the recruitment panel
was unanimous in its view that Ms Richards was the strongest candidate.
The Director of Public Prosecutions
is responsible under the 2009 Constitution for instituting, continuing or
discontinuing public prosecutions on behalf of government. The post is
independent and will not be under the control of any other person or authority.
The Office of the Director of
Public Prosecutions and the Portfolio of Legal Affairs will be split between
criminal and civil matters and by 1 November, it is anticipated that each
portfolio will be housed separately.
The role of the Attorney General
and the Solicitor General will change as a result of this appointment. However,
the Attorney General will continue to speak on all legal affairs in Cabinet and
the Legislative Assembly.