Magistrate gets permanent post

Former Clerk of the Cayman Islands courts Valdis Foldats was appointed last week as Cayman’s newest permanent magistrate.

Mr. Foldats had been serving as a temporary magistrate in the Summary Court, a post he has held since replacing former magistrate Grace Donalds in January.

He was appointed by Governor Duncan Taylor on the advice of the Judicial and Legal Services Commission and will formally take up the permanent post on 1 October.

Throughout April and May, the Judicial and Legal Services Commission carried out an open recruitment process advertising the post locally and overseas, officials said. Four people were interviewed for the post.

Mr. Foldats was called to the bar in Canada in 1984 and prior to moving to the Cayman Islands he spent 15 years practicing law in the areas of criminal, coroner and disciplinary proceedings.

In 1999, Mr. Foldats began working in the Judicial Administration as the Registrar of Appeal/Senior Deputy Clerk before being promoted to the Clerk of Court, where he served for nine years.

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