Grace Donalds now in private practice
Former Magistrate Grace Donalds was admitted to practise as an attorney at law in the Cayman Islands on Thursday, 23 June, in a brief, but impressive ceremony before Justice Algernon Smith.
The admission was moved by Attorney Adriannie Webb, who said Mrs. Donalds already had a long and distinguished career in Cayman. Called to the English bar in July 1976, she was a lecturer at the Cayman Islands Law School from 1984 to 1987. In 1988, she took up the post of Deputy Clerk of Courts and served in this capacity until 1993, when she was appointed Summary Court Magistrate.
As Magistrate, Mrs. Donalds dealt with a wide variety of legal issues, including criminal, traffic, civil claims and family matters. She sometimes served as Queen’s Coroner for inquests and, until her retirement last year, was the Revising Officer under the Elections Law.
Having made her home here, Mrs. Donalds received Caymanian status under the Immigration Law in 2003.
“I am sure that in her new role Mrs. Donalds will continue to proudly serve the community and the Islands as she has done for the last 26 years,” Ms Webb said.
Justice Smith welcomed Mrs. Donalds to the bar. One of the good things about her entering private practice, he said, is that “Young counsel will have the opportunity to watch a senior person practise and they will learn from you.”
Mrs. Donalds expressed appreciation to Ms Webb for moving the admission. She noted that Ms Webb is the first Caymanian woman barrister. She thanked her family members for their support and all members of the legal profession, who had been unfailingly kind and courteous to her.
Mrs. Donalds will be working out of her office at home, where she may be contacted.