Former Cayman Islands Chief Magistrate Margaret Ramsay-Hale has become the first female chief justice appointed in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Ms. Ramsay-Hale’s appointment was announced Thursday by Turks Governor Peter Beckingham, after he accepted the recommendation of the island chain’s judicial and legal services commission.
The former Cayman Islands magistrate left the Cayman Islands in 2011 after she was appointed to the Supreme Court bench in the Turks and Caicos as a puisne judge.
Current chief justice Edwin Goldsbrough will stay on until a replacement puisne judge is appointed in Ms. Ramsay-Hale’s place. She will take up the chief justice’s post later this year.
“I am certain that she will bring a great deal of energy as well as professional wisdom and experience to this very important job in the Turks and Caicos Islands,” said Governor Beckingham.
Ms. Ramsay-Hale came to Cayman from Jamaica as a magistrate in September 1998 and was appointed chief magistrate in 2008.