Cayman Islands Court of Appeal Judge John Martin, QC, took his oaths of allegiance and judicial office on Monday before Governor Helen Kilpatrick, at her office.
Attending were the president of the Court of Appeal, Sir John Chadwick, Chief Justice Anthony Smellie, QC, and Registrar of the Court of Appeal, Audrey Bodden.
Justice Martin, who is also a judge of the Courts of Appeal in Guernsey and Jersey, was appointed as one of three new Court of Appeal judges following an open recruitment process by the Judicial and Legal Services Commission last year. The other two are Sir Bernard Rix and Sir George Newman.
Following the oath-taking, at the opening of the current session of the Court of Appeal, Mr. Chadwick welcomed Justice Martin and noted his past experience of appearing before courts in the Cayman Islands.
The president led a moment of silence in memory of Sir Richard Ground, a Court of Appeal judge who passed away on Feb. 22. He emphasized that the absence of Sir Richard (a former attorney general in the Cayman Islands and former chief justice of Bermuda) was a great loss to the working of the court. “He was and would have continued to be an enormous source of strength,” he observed.