Senior Crown Counsel Suzanne Bothwell will take over as the court administrator, in charge of management and administration of court operations, Deputy Governor Franz Manderson announced this week.
Mrs. Bothwell takes over from Kevin McCormac, whose four-year contract expires in April. Mr. McCormac will stay in the post until the end of June while Mrs. Bothwell goes to the United Kingdom for training.
In a statement, Mr. Manderson said, “She is highly qualified, has a wealth of experience in working with the judiciary, and is another example of our commitment to appoint highly qualified Caymanians in senior posts in the Civil Service.”
Mrs. Bothwell, quoted in a press release, said, “I hope to build upon the strong foundation left by previous court administrators and look forward to receiving the support of the staff in bringing in new and innovative measures that will enhance the functioning of our local court system for all relevant stakeholders.”
Chief Justice Anthony Smellie congratulated Ms. Bothwell on the appointment: “I have known Mrs. Bothwell for many years; she has appeared before our courts in many cases on behalf of the Crown and has acted as my adviser and representative on matters involving our Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty with the United States of America.”
The chief justice added, “I am delighted to see her promoted up the ranks of the civil service to be now designated to lead the administrative operations of the courts and I look forward to working with her.”
The new court administrator has worked in civil service for 15 years in the Portfolio of Legal Affairs and as a deputy supervisor in the Elections Office.
The deputy governor praised the outgoing court administrator for his work over the past four years. He added, “Mr. McCormac made it clear from the date of his appointment that he wished to work for four years which would allow him time to improve the performance of judicial administration and allow us time to identify a Caymanian to take over the post, and he has kept his commitment.”
For his part, Mr. McCormac said in the press release, “Providing justice is a critical part of any strong society and it has been a privilege to serve the people of the Cayman Islands in this role.
“It has also been a pleasure to work with so many committed and able judges, magistrates and court staff for the last four years and I look forward to working alongside Ms. Suzanne in the coming months to ensure a smooth transition.”