New president appointed for Cayman Islands Court of Appeal

Sir John Goldring

The U.K. coroner who is conducting the fresh inquests into the deaths of those who died in 1989’s Hillsborough disaster has been sworn in as the new president of the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal.

Sir John Goldring was sworn in via video link by Governor Helen Kilpatrick last week.

According to a statement released by the Governor’s Office, the Judicial and Legal Services Commission carried out a recruitment process throughout April and May 2015, advertising the position internally, giving existing Justices of the Court of Appeal the opportunity to submit expressions of interest. Ultimately, the commission recommended Justice Goldring as the successful candidate and the governor accepted the recommendation.

He takes over from former Court of Appeal president, Sir John Chadwick, whose tenure ended on Jan. 19.

The new president was sworn in by the governor in the presence of Chief Justice Anthony Smellie, Grand Court Judge Charles Quin, Courts Administrator Kevin McCormac and the Registrar of the Court of Appeal Audrey Bodden on Jan. 20. His term expires on Nov. 8, 2019.

“It is my great honour to appoint Sir John Goldring as President of the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal,” Governor Kilpatrick said in the statement. “He brings with him many diverse skills and years of valuable experience. I trust he will continue to enhance the work of the Court of Appeal in his new post.”

Justice Goldring currently serves as coroner for South Yorkshire (East) and West Yorkshire (West) and is conducting the new inquests for the Hillsborough disaster, in which 96 people died and 766 were injured at a football match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at Hillsborough Stadium, Sheffield, England, on April 15, 1989.

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 at Sovereign Base Areas in 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.

The other Cayman Islands Court of Appeal judges are: Sir Bernard Rix, Sir George Newman, John Martin, QC, Sir Richard Field, Justice (Cecil) Dennis Morrison, and Sir Alan Moses.