Three new justices for Court of Appeal

Three new justices have been named to the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal, giving the court a full complement of judges.  

Typically the court is presided over by a three-judge panel, including its president, Sir John Chadwick, on a rotating basis.  

The new members, recruited by the Judicial and Legal Services Commission and approved by Governor Helen Kilpatrick, were announced Thursday.  

They are Sir Bernard Rix, Sir George Newman and John Martin, QC. 

Following a short-listing process, an interview panel consisting of Sir John Chadwick, commission chairman Dan Scott, commission members Sir David Simmons and Baroness Scotland, and Cayman Islands Chief Justice Anthony Smellie interviewed five applicants for the posts.  

“Each of these new justices of appeal has an impressive and distinguished legal career which will complement the experience of our present court of appeal,” Governor Kilpatrick said. “I look forward to welcoming them to the Cayman Islands over the next year when each of them will sit for the first time.”  

Mr. Rix is a recently retired Lord Justice of Appeal of England and Wales, with 20 years’ experience in the commercial court and the court of appeal. He is professor of international commercial law at Queen Mary University of London. He has previous experience as a High Court judge and a barrister specializing in international commercial and arbitral disputes. His appointment was effective from Nov. 1 for a five-year renewable term. 

Mr. Newman is a surveillance commissioner for England and Wales and chairman of the security vetting appeals panel in the Cabinet office. He was formerly a High Court judge of the Queen’s Division Bench in London and now sits as a deputy judge. He served as a justice of the court of appeal in the Bahamas for two years and has acted as a barrister in cjurisdictions including Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, Fiji and the Caribbean. His appointment is effective July 1, 2014, for a three-year renewable term. 

Mr. Martin has been a judge of the courts of appeal of Jersey and Guernsey since 2007. He has sat as a deputy High Court judge in the Chancery Division since 1993. He is a barrister practicing from London in a wide range of commercial and chancery work and is currently head of chambers. Mr. Martin’s appointment is effective March 1, 2014, for a five-year renewable term. 

Other members of the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal include Justice E. Mottley, Justice A. Conteh, Sir Anthony Campbell and Sir Richard Ground. 


Sir Bernard Rix (left), Sir George Newman and John Martin