Chief Magistrate appointed in Turks

Cayman Islands Chief Magistrate Margaret Ramsay-Hale will soon take up a judge’s post in the Turks and Caicos Islands, according to an announcement from Governor Duncan Taylor’s office. 

Mr. Taylor congratulated Mrs. Ramsay-Hale on her appointment as Puisne Judge in Turks.

“I would like to take the opportunity to thank her for the commitment and dedication she has shown, and for the outstanding work she has done in the Cayman Islands as magistrate and chief magistrate over the past 13 years,” Mr. Taylor said. 

Mrs. Ramsay-Hale first became a magistrate in Cayman in 1998. She was appointed as chief magistrate in 2008.

She was instrumental in setting up Cayman’s first drug court and its rehabilitative efforts with small time drug offenders.

The Judicial and Legal Services Commission will begin recruitment for a new magistrate, the governor said. 



  1. Ok Govenor Taylor

    We have many good lawyers with legal background that are BORN Caymanian and we need to see them elevated.


    Properly publicly vet them to get our feedback and we’ll tell you if they’re OK.

  2. Dubai – read again we have many good lawyers with legal background ? I agree that we have BORN CAYMANIANS with good legal background that should be elevated. I’m all for it- its about time

  3. Dubai, I’d love to know who you are thinking of. I don’t know of a single Caymanian attorney practising on the Island who I would think was suitable for appointment as a magistrate. There are several who are technically competent enough but those all have very well known strong political affiliations. I’m not being rude or negative, I genuinely can’t think of anyone who’d be a good choice. If you can, please tell me.

  4. When the boat starts to sink the rats are the first one’s to leave. What does this mean for the courts? Alot of bad case’s went down and not a word about courts roll in it all???

  5. I agree with JTB. Add the fact that lawyers manage to earn more than Magistrates and Judges, and there you have the reason why good lawyers do not apply for judicial posts, at least not until they have made enough to retire.
    Solution: put a curb on the fees they charge. But that would be interfering with their freedom, wouldn’t it.
    The best answer is to increase the input and output from the CI Law School-fast; while making sure that the output is properly trained and competent.

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