Sir Richard Ground joins Court of Appeal

Justice Ground served in Cayman as attorney general

Sir Richard Ground has been appointed to the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal, Governor Duncan Taylor announced on Thursday.

A former member of the Judicial and Legal Services Commission, he resigned in March this year, retiring at the same time from his post as chief justice in Bermuda. He was awarded a knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List earlier this year for his services to justice in Bermuda.

His public career began in Cayman, when he came here as senior Crown counsel in 1983 from private practice in the United Kingdom. He was appointed attorney general in 1987 and served until 1992, when he went to Bermuda as a judge of the Grand Court. He served as chief justice in the Turks and Caicos Islands until 2004, when he returned to Bermuda as chief justice.

During his time here he married Dace McCoy, the first director of the National Trust for the Cayman Islands. An accomplished photographer, he took pictures of Grand Cayman’s wildlife and published a collection called Creator’s Glory to benefit the National Trust.

Sir Richard, 63, will join Cayman’s Court of Appeal as of 15 September.

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

The Cayman court concluded its summer session on 3 August and is not scheduled to sit again until November. Three judges sit at a time from a panel of four. Court President Sir John Chadwick did say in an ongoing case that the court sitting for the next session would be “differently constituted”. Working with him at the time were Justice Elliot Mottley and Justice Abdulai Conteh. The fourth judge, who sat during the spring session, was Sir Anthony Campbell.

The judge’s post was advertised locally and overseas during an open recruitment process carried out by the Judicial and Legal Services Commission in June and July, Mr. Taylor said. Following a short-listing process, an interview panel interviewed four people.

The governor said this was the first time the appointment of a judge to the Court of Appeal has been made following advice from the Judicial and Legal Services Commission, which was established by the new Constitution introduced in November 2009.

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