Cayman’s chief justice adds Bermuda to his duties

Chief Justice Anthony Smellie

Cayman Islands Chief Justice Anthony Smellie has been appointed justice to Bermuda’s Court of Appeal.

He will join the court when it meets in June for one of its sessions, held three times a year. It is the first international court of which Mr. Smellie has been a member.

Mr. Smellie will fill the position while continuing to serve as chief justice in the Cayman Islands.

According to Bermuda’s Government House spokesman Barry Martin, Mr. Smellie was one of two justices chosen from among 30 applicants. The other justice is Elizabeth Gloster, vice president of the Court of Appeal of England and Wales. She will join the court in January.

Mr. Martin said Mr. Smellie will be one of five judges on the Bermuda Court of Appeal. Last fall, Cayman judge Ian Forte served as a temporary member of the court. Before that, Mr. Martin said, no Cayman justice has been a member since at least 2007.

The court has already met once this year, in March. It will meet June 4-22 and Nov. 5-23.

Court officials said Mr. Smellie will be on leave when he joins the court for its June session.

In April 2017, Bermuda’s Chief Justice Ian Kawaley was appointed to Cayman’s Grand Court’s financial services division. Justice Smellie told the Cayman Compass that appointment was not a motivation in his applying to the Bermuda court.