New top prosecutor named

 

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.

 

 

 

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6 COMMENTS

  1. I am really curious to find out if this position was advertised and if any other applicants applied and why were they not hired. Or was this a situation where the Solicitor General must be appointed to the post? Did the Constitution dictate whom should be given the post. So will Ms. Richards be double dipping for salaries? What other benefits will this post award her? Is she really qualified to take on this post or is there some other reason(s) or influence why she was appointed? It is a very curious question that has some unanswered questions.

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  2. The announcement does not seem to give (a) the stated qualifications and experience for this important post; and (b)the lady’s qualifications and experience for this important post; and (c) what other people applied for it, with their qualifications.
    May we be enlightened? Transparent Governement and all that.

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  3. I should have gone further: this is yet another example of following the fashions of other jurisdictions where their economic development can pay for all these frills.
    Can Cayman?

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  4. This is a very important appointment and significant change in the Caymanian judicial system.

    Its also a built in protection for the introduction of the Constituional Bill of Rights.

    This post will have to be totally independent of the influence of the Attorney General and lets hope that it will be because…

    The Director of Public Prosecutions will serve the very same function as the Crown Prosecution Service in Britain and…

    While no one will agree with every decision they make, they are there to bring balance and objectivity to decisions where the interests of the government and the public are at odds.

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  5. This isn’t a ‘frill’.

    This is a fundamental change to the judicial system as mandated by the Constitutional Order 2009 which was voted on and approved in a referendum, by a majority of Caymanians.

    Its funny that so many Caymanians paid so very little attention when this Constitution was being negotiated and had so little to say or question at the time…

    But understand so little about the changes called for and now have so much to say…

    A day late and a dollar short.

    The real concern is whether this lady can be as independent and objective in this post as the position calls for.

    Having been a major player in the government prosecution machinery, I would worry more about her close ties to the Attorney General’s office rather than her qualifications as a lawyer.

    Her record shows that she is an excellent lawyer.

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