Court of Appeal judge named

Former Cayman Islands Attorney General Sir Richard Ground will once again work in the Islands as Cayman’s newest Court of Appeal Judge, Governor Duncan Taylor announced Thursday.

Sir Richard is currently a judge on the Turks and Caicos Court of Appeal and is due to join the Bermuda Court of Appeal in January 2013.

Throughout June and July, the Cayman Islands Judicial and Legal Services Commission carried out an open recruitment process advertising the post locally and overseas. Following a short-listing process, an interview panel interviewed four candidates for this post.

This is the first time that the appointment of a Judge to the Court of Appeal has been made by the Governor following advice from the Judicial and Legal Services Commission, established by Cayman’s 2009 Constitution.

Until his recent retirement, Sir Richard was Chief Justice of Bermuda, a post he held for eight years. Before that he was Chief Justice of the Turks & Caicos Islands for six years, and a Puisne Judge in Bermuda for six years.

He was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1975, but has spent most of his career in the Caribbean. Between 1987 and 1992 he served as attorney general of Cayman and he received the Order of the British Empire in 1991 for services to the Islands. He was awarded a Knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List this year for his services in Bermuda.

Sir Richard Ground

Sir Richard Ground

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