Former magistrate admitted to practice as attorney

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. 

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Attorney Grace Donalds, left, is welcomed to the Cayman Islands Bar by Justice Algernon Smith and Adriannie Webb, the first Caymanian woman barrister. – Photo: Carol Winker

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  1. What a blessing from God. These are the kinds of people that is a credit to the society of the people of the Cayman Islands.Count them on one hand. I have confidence that Mrs. Donalds a real Christian Lady maintains the same posture of honesty and integrity in serving her country of the Cayman Islands with satisfaction as she did while serving as a Magistrate. Her uniqueness in her field of expertise is truly an asset to the women in our society.Since she will be working from home she will not be handled or manipulated or threatened by any political influences or powers that would seek to gag order her on the job. That’s a blessing as well.I believe that Mrs.Donalds will serve as an example to other female legal pundits in the Cayman Islands some of them sure need to imitate her in teaching them how to serve a client and stop cherry picking, leaving their people stranded without representation. They need to take note of her role model as a person of humility at the same time maintaining discipline in the courtroom about what is right and wrong and execute justice at the same time. This is what has molded her into a woman of respect in the Cayman Islands. Hope the women of Cayman brings a lot of business onto the desk of Ms. Donalds.Women start supporting one another and let this be a movement of strength.