Cayman judge elected VP of international group

Cayman Islands Judge Richard Williams has been elected for the second time as vice president of the Caribbean Region of the Commonwealth Magistrates and Judges Association. 

Judge Williams’s duties include informing the association’s secretariat of regional developments that may affect judicial independence, a responsibility that requires him to maintain contact with judicial bodies and receive their reports, according to the Cayman Islands Judicial Administration. 

The association brings together judicial officers from more than 68 jurisdictions to advance administration of the law and education in law, and to disseminate information on the legal process in Commonwealth countries. One of its priorities is fighting corruption in the judiciary. 

Cayman Islands Chief Justice Anthony Smellie said Justice Williams’s appointment is “welcome recognition of the judge’s work with CMJA over his many years of service, not only in Cayman, but also as a magistrate in the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States courts and as judge in the Turks and Caicos Islands.” 

Justice Williams, who has been a council member since 2006, was first elected to the VP position in 2009. His new appointment took effect at last month’s 17th Triennial CMJA conference in Wellington, New Zealand. The five-day conference, on the theme of “Independent Judiciaries, Diverse Societies,” opened on Sept. 13, with a formal ceremony led by New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key. 

During his panel presentation at the conference, Justice Williams discussed issues in gender-based violence, including verbal, psychological, physical and sexual, and with a focus on teen dating violence. 

Justice Williams

Justice Williams

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