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Court of Appeal's New Judge

His Excellency the Governor, Mr Stuart Jack, CVO, congratulates newly appointed Justice of Appeal the Hon. Geoffrey Vos, QC, after Mr Vos took the oath of office Monday, 24 November.

The newly appointed judge of the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal, the Hon. Geoffrey Vos, QC, took oaths of office and allegiance in the presence of His Excellency the Governor, Mr Stuart Jack, CVO, this morning (Monday, 24 November).

Also present were the Chief Justice Hon. Anthony Smellie, QC; Acting President of the Court of Appeal, the Hon. Justice Ian Forte; Justice of Appeal, the Hon. Justice Elliott Mottley, QC; and Court of Appeal Registrar Audrey Bodden.

A leading member of the English Bar, Mr Vos 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, according to a Governor's Office release.

Both the Chief Justice and Acting President Forte congratulated Justice Vos on his appointment and welcomed him to the jurisdiction, with the Chief Justice observing, "Justice Vos is no stranger to the Cayman Islands, having appeared as leading counsel in a number of cases here in the past."

Mr Vos joins Mr Forte and Mr Mottley for the court's November to December session. Of the three new appointees to the Court, he is first to take office. The other two are the new President of the Court, the Rt. Hon. Sir John Chadwick; and Justice of Appeal, Dr the Hon. Abdulai Conteh.

The new appointments take the Appeal Court's strength to five justices.

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