Four new appeal judges appointed

Four new judges have been appointed to the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal, with each due to serve for five years.

Governor Helen Kilpatrick announced the appointments Thursday of Sir Richard Field, Justice (Cecil) Dennis Morrison, Sir Alan Moses, and Sir John Goldring.

According to a press release issued by the Governor’s Office, the appointments were made following an open recruitment process, locally and overseas, done in July and August last year by the Judicial and Legal Services Commission. The interview panel subsequently interviewed six candidates.

“It is my privilege to appoint these individuals as Justices in the Cayman Islands” the governor said in the statement. “Their skills, experiences and breadth of knowledge will undoubtedly enhance the already outstanding calibre of Justices previously appointed to the Court of Appeal.”

Sir Richard Field retired as a High Court Judge in the Royal Courts of Justice, London in September 2014, a post he held since 2002. During his tenure, he had responsibility for the Commercial Court and was Presiding Judge on the Western Circuit. Prior to being appointed to the Bench, Sir Richard practiced at the Bar in London for more than 20 years and taught law for almost eight years.

He has appeared in the Cayman Islands Courts as a Queen’s Counsel on previous occasions. Sir Richard was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1987. His appointment begins on April 1.

Justice Dennis Morrison currently serves as a Judge of Appeal in the Jamaican Court of Appeal, a position he has held since 2008. Justice Morrison will retire as a Judge of Appeal in the Belizean Court of Appeal, a position he has held since 2004, at the end of March 2015. Prior to being appointed to the Bench, he practiced at the Bar in Jamaica for more than 25 years, prior to which he taught law full-time at the Norman Manley Law School in Kingston. He continues to serve as an associate tutor at the law school.

During his practice, Justice Morrison also appeared from time to time in various Caribbean Courts, including the Cayman Islands and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1994. Justice Morrison’s appointment begins on June 1.

Sir Alan Moses retired as Lord Justice of Appeal in the Royal Courts of Justice, London in June 2014, a post he held from 2005. Prior to that appointment, Sir Alan served as a High Court Judge from 1996-2005. Sir Alan has previously served as an Acting Grand Court Judge in the Cayman Islands.

He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1990 and currently serves as the first Chairman of the new U.K. press regulator the Independent Press Standards Organisation. Sir Alan’s appointment begins on Oct. 1.

Sir John Goldring currently serves as an Assistant Coroner for South Yorkshire (East) and West Yorkshire (West) conducting the fresh inquests into those who died as a result of the Hillsborough disaster. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1987 and elected a Bencher in 1996.

He was appointed a Recorder in 1987, a Deputy Senior Judge, Sovereign Base Areas, Cyprus from 1991 to 1999, a Deputy High Court Judge in 1996 and a Judge of the Courts of Appeal of Jersey and Guernsey in 1998. He was appointed a High Court Judge (Queen’s Bench Division) in 1999; he served as a Presiding Judge for the Midland Circuit from 2002 to 2005 and Commissioner for the Judicial Appointments Commission from 2006 to 2008. He became a Lord Justice of Appeal in 2008, Deputy Senior Presiding Judge of England and Wales from 2008 to 2009 and Senior Presiding Judge of England and Wales from 2010 to 2012. His appointment begins on July 1, 2016.

Other justices currently serving as Court of Appeal judges in Cayman include Sir John Chadwick (preseident); Elliott Mottley whose term expires on June 30; Sir Bernard Rix; Sir George Newman; and John Martin, QC.

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