Skills, knowledge and experience cited
Senior Crown Counsel Trevor Ward has been appointed Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions. He is the first person to hold this position, as the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions was established only in May this year, with former Solicitor General Cheryll Richards at the helm.
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.
As Deputy DPP, Mr. Ward will function as a Deputy Chief Officer for the office and will assist in the management of the performance work flow and reporting requirements of the office.
Mr. Ward began his career as a prosecutor in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions in Trinidad and Tobago. In 2005, he joined Cayman’s legal Department as Crown Counsel. Some of his first cases local involved ganja on vessels, burglary and health insurance. He has also conducted prosecutions of several high-profile murder cases, the most recent leading to the conviction of Leonard Antonio Ebanks for the 2010 fatal shooting murder of Tyrone Burrell.
A release from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions said an open recruitment process was carried out for the Deputy’s position, with the post advertised both locally and overseas. Following an initial short-listing process, an interview panel was convened with Attorney General Samuel Bulgin chairman and comprising three senior government officials.
Mr. Ward was selected from a field of four applicants, three of whom were from within the Office and one from overseas. The panel was unanimous in its view that he was the candidate with the best range of skills, knowledge and experience required.
He was promoted in 2007 to Senior Crown Counsel with direct responsibility for all matters pertaining to the Grand Court. In this role, he was required to act as lead prosecutor in complex criminal trials, including murders; and to prosecute appeals before the Grand Court and the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal.
Mr. Ward is highly regarded as a criminal prosecutor with more than 13 years experience in the region. His vast legal knowledge combined with his management skills and experience, will stand him in good stead in his challenging new role, the news release stated.