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Justice Levers Tribunal Thursday

Press Release from Sir Andrew Leggatt

I am Chairman of a Tribunal appointed on 15 September 2008 by His Excellency Stuart Jack CVO, the Governor of the Cayman Islands, under section 49J of the Cayman Islands (Constitution) Order 1972 ("the Constitution"). The other Tribunal members are Sir Philip Otton and Sir David Simmons. Sir Philip and I are Privy Counsellors and retired Lords Justices of Appeal, and Sir David is the Chief Justice of Barbados.

In accordance with s. 49 of the Constitution the role of the Tribunal is to inquire into certain allegations made against Madam Justice Levers. It is then required to report to the Governor and to advise him whether he should request that the question of removal of Madam Justice Levers from office be referred by Her Majesty to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council.

The Tribunal's fact-finding hearings will begin at 9.30 am on Thursday 7 May 2009 in the Inquiry Room at the Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort. The Tribunal intends to sit on each weekday between 9.30 am and 4.30 pm, and on Saturday 9 May 2009 from 9.45 am to 1 pm. The hearings are scheduled to conclude on or before Monday 18 May 2009.

The hearings will be held in public, and provision will be made for the public and the press to attend. Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis, and cannot be reserved. The Tribunal proposes to allow members of the press to take photographs and to film from the back of the Inquiry room before the beginning of each day's hearings. It must, however, be strongly emphasised that no photography, filming or recording will otherwise be allowed.

Some of the matters the Tribunal is required to investigate relate to family law proceedings. In order to protect any confidentiality attaching to those proceedings, the Tribunal directed on 22 April 2009 that no published report of, or comment on the Tribunal's proceedings, shall include any particulars reasonably capable of leading to the identification of any young person concerned who is under the age of seventeen.

Any enquiries about the Tribunal's proceedings should be directed to Messrs Clifford Chance, the solicitors to the Tribunal, by email to emmeline.rushbrook@cliffordchance.com.

(signed) Andrew Leggatt

NOTES:

  • The work of the Tribunal is supported by Timothy Otty QC and Messrs Clifford Chance, respectively Counsel and Solicitors to the Tribunal, and by Joanne Larcombe, Secretary to the Tribunal.
  • Madam Justice Levers is represented by Stanley Brodie QC and Anthony Akiwumi of Stuarts Walker Hersant.
  • Messrs Campbells have been recognised by the Tribunal as the legal representatives of a number of Grand Court judicial officers and staff members. Miss Janine Sheff of 18 Red Lion Court Chambers in London has been recognised by the Tribunal as the legal representative of the Cayman Islands Government Legal Department.