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Court Of Appeal Appointments

Sir John Chadwick

His Excellency the Governor is pleased to announce the appointment of The Right Hon. Sir John Chadwick, Dr The Hon. Abdulai Conteh and The Hon. Geoffrey Vos QC to the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal.

Sir John Chadwick, formerly a Lord Justice of Appeal of England and Wales (1997-2007), will be President of the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal. Sir John was a Judge of the Courts of Appeal of Jersey and Guernsey (1986 - 1992). He was appointed a Judge of the High Court of England and Wales (Chancery Division) in 1991. He currently holds judicial office as a Lieutenant Bailiff of Guernsey and a Judge of the Court of the Dubai International Financial Centre.

Dr. The Hon. Abdulai Conteh has been Chief Justice of Belize since 2000, and will be a Justice of Appeal of the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal. Dr Conteh is trustee of the Caribbean Court of Justice and has served as Attorney General and Minister of Justice in his home country of Sierra Leone.

The Hon. Geoffrey Vos QC, a leading member of the English Bar and will be a Justice of Appeal of the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal. He is also a Judge of the Courts of Appeal of Jersey and Guernsey, sits as a Deputy High Court Judge in England and Wales and was Chairman of the Bar Council in 2007.

The Governor wishes to express his gratitude for the commitment and hard work of the Rt. Hon. Edward Zacca and of the Hon. Justice Martin Taylor as President and Member of the Court of Appeal respectively and is pleased that the new appointees bring a wealth of commercial experience that will prove invaluable to the Cayman Islands. With Justices of Appeal Ian Forte and Elliott Mottley continuing, these three new appointments will bring the complement of the Court up to five.

The formal swearing-in appointment of Sir John Chadwick and Dr. Hon. Abdulai Conteh will take place on 11th December 2008, when they will visit the Islands for familiarization purposes; and that of Justice Vos, who will be sitting for the November to December session; will take place on the morning of November 24 2008.

The panel for the November to December session will therefore be Hon. Justice Ian Forte as acting President, along with Hon. Justices Elliott Mottley and Geoffrey Vos.

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