Sir George Newman has been sworn in as a justice of the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal by Governor Helen Kilpatrick. He succeeds retiring judge Sir Anthony Campbell.
Chief Justice Anthony Smellie welcomed Sir George to the Cayman judiciary.
“The wealth of experience that he brings from the Commonwealth, both as a leading advocate and judge, will certainly help to maintain the high reputation of Our Court of Appeal,” Justice Smellie said.
Sir George, who has 19 years on the bench and has served as a High Court judge in England and Wales, said, “I feel very happy that I am able to be here because I see it as part of a continuous passage of being involved in the rule of law in the Commonwealth and, in particular, the Caribbean.” His career includes serving in the Queen’s Bench Division, where he dealt with a range of issues involving serious crime, and serving as a human rights advocate across a number of foreign jurisdictions.
Sir George worked in Fiji dealing with the aftermath of the country’s first coup in 1987. He later represented the governor general in Fiji’s second coup. He also worked as the constitutional adviser to the governor general, who went on to become president.
Sir George also worked in Trinidad and advised in court proceedings after an attempted coup, and worked as a nonresident judge at the Court of Appeal in the Bahamas, where he was appointed in 2009.
He continues as a Surveillance Commissioner, to which he was appointed by the U.K. prime minister in 2010, as well as his concurrent role as chair of the Security Vetting Appeals Panel, based at the U.K. Cabinet office.
Sir George is also responsible for Iraq fatality investigations, having been appointed by the U.K. Ministry of Defence. He continues to conduct two investigations into the circumstances of civilian deaths allegedly caused by the actions of British troops in Iraq in 2003.
His career also spans commercial law, where he instructed in a banking dispute that arose from U.S. President Carter’s freeze on Iranian banks in London, and the international Tin Council litigation.
Sir George has also acted as counsel with numerous foreign governments, including Qatar in a Gulf oil dispute, and an arbitration concerning the security of Qatar’s border technology, and for the China in a commercial arbitration in Stockholm.
He is accompanied by his wife Lady Hilary.