His Excellency the Governor, Mr. Duncan Taylor, CBE is pleased to announce today seven appointments to the Judicial and Legal Services Commission in accordance with Section 105 of the Constitution. The announcement of the Chairman of this Commission, Mr. Dan Scott was made last month. The remainder of the appointments are as follows:-
- Dara Flowers-Burke, under Section 105 (a)
- Sir John Chadwick, under Section 105 (b)
- Edward Zacca, JA, OJ under Section 105 (c)
- Sir David Simmons, under Section 105 (d)
- Richard Ground, OBE, QC under Section 105 (d)
- Richard Coles, under Section 105 (e)
- Charles Jennings, under Section 105 (e)
Dara Flowers-Burke, graduated from John Gray High School as Student of the Year, and furthered her studies at the University of Southern California where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Filmic Writing (Cum Laude) with a minor in Communication. Upon completion of her formal education, Dara lived as a writer in Los Angeles. Dara has worked at the Flowers Group of companies since 2004, where initially as the Marketing and Communications Manager, she led the strategic corporate rebrand of the Group. In 2006, she oversaw the organisational and infrastructure modernisation of the sixty year old company, earning her an appointment to the Board of Directors. Dara serves as a Director on the Cayman Turtle Farm Board as well as Coordinator of the ever popular Flowers Sea Swim.
Sir John Chadwick was called to the Bar of England and Wales by Inner Temple (Bencher 1986, Treasurer 2004). In 1966 he was in private practice litigation and advisory work, principally in property, company insolvency, banking, insurance and matters including litigation in Malaysia, Hong Kong and Bermuda. From 1967-199l he was Standing Counsel to the Department of Trade and Industry; 1974-1980 Appointed Queen's Counsel; 1980 Judge of the Courts of Appeal of Jersey and Guernsey; 1986-1993 Recorder of Crown Courts in England and Wales; 1989-1991 Judge of the High Court of England and Wales assigned to the Chancery Division; 1991-1997 Chancery Supervising Judge, Birmingham, Bristol and Cardiff; 1993-1997 Appointed to HM Privy Council; 1997 Judge of the Courts of Appeal of England and Wales; 1997-2007 Appointed Judge of the Court of Appeal of Dubai International Financial Centre; 2008 Appointed Lieutenant Bailiff (Judge) in Guernsey and Appointed President of the Court of Appeal of the Cayman Islands.
Edward Zacca, JA, OJ was Chief Justice of the Jamaican Supreme Court from 1985 to 1996 and in accordance with the Constitution of Jamaica, the Chief Justice he served as Acting Governor General from March to August 1991. Edward Zacca has had a long association with the Cayman Islands beginning in 1967 when he presided in the Grand Court over one of the then rare murder trials. Prior to the establishment of the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal in 1984 he was a member of the Jamaica Court Appeal which heard appeal cases from Cayman. He served as President of the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal from 1984 to 2008 and also served on the Bahamas Court of Appeal from March 2000 to July 2001. He is currently President of the Bermuda Court of Appeal, a position he has occupied since 2004 having served as appeal judge since 1996 in that jurisdiction.
Sir David Anthony Simmons K.A., B.C.H., Q.C., LL.M. (Lond.). entered the Faculty of Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science in 1960 and graduated with an LL.B. degree in 1963. After additional reading he was awarded an LL.M. degree in 1965. Sir David lectured in law in London until his return to Barbados in 1970. Between 1970 and 1974, he was a part-time lecturer in law at the Faculty of Law of the University of the West Indies. Sir David has had an outstanding career as a lawyer in Barbados and was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1984. He served continuously for 25 years in the Parliament of Barbados from February 1976 to August 2001, on which date he retired from active politics. Twice he served as Attorney-General of Barbados; first, from 1985 to 1986, and, more recently, from September 1994 to August 2001. On many occasions during the latter period, Sir David acted as Prime Minister of Barbados. He assumed office as the 12th Chief Justice of Barbados on 1 January 2002. In 2003, he was made an Honorary Fellow of the U.W.I. and was also awarded the Honourary degree of Doctor of Laws (LL.D.) by the University of London - the first Caribbean person to be accorded that high distinction by that University. In 2006, Sir David was elected as an Honourary Bencher of the Honorable Society of Lincoln's Inn, the Inn of Court at which he qualified as a Barrister-at-Law. As Attorney-General, Sir David presided over many initiatives and esteemed conferences including being Chairman of the Preparatory Committee to establish the Caribbean Court of Justice (1999-2001); first Chairman of the Regional Judicial and Legal Services Commission (2003-2004). In 2001, for his contribution to public service, law and politics, he was awarded the Barbados Centennial Honour (B.C.H.), and Barbados' highest national honour, Knight of St. Andrew (K.A.). He is currently Chairman of the Integrity Commission in Turks and Caicos and will be appointed member and Chairman of the Commission of Enquiry into the 1990 coup attempt in Trinidad.
Richard Ground OBE QC was called to the Bar in Gray's Inn, in 1975 and began his legal career in private practice at Brick Court, Middle Temple, where he specialized in media law from 1976 to 83. In 1983 he moved to the Cayman Islands as Senior Crown Counsel and was appointed Queens Counsel (Cayman Islands) in 1987. He held the position of Attorney General of the Cayman Islands from 1987 to 1992. In 1991 he was awarded the OBE in the New Year's Honours List 1991 for his services as Attorney General in Cayman. He was a Judge of the Supreme Court of Bermuda from 1992 to 1998 and Chief Justice of the Turks & Caicos Islands from 1998 to 2004. He has been Chief Justice of Bermuda since March 2004.
Richard Coles studied at the College of Law in London and is a Fellow of the Caribbean Law Institute. He is an experienced lawyer both in England and in the Cayman Islands, being a Solicitor admitted in England, a Cayman Islands Attorney-at-law and Notary Public. Prior to coming to the Cayman Islands he was the founding partner of a substantial firm of solicitors with offices in England. From 1992 to 1999 he was the Attorney General for the Cayman Islands, a Member of the Cabinet and Legislative Assembly. Mr. Coles is a member of the Law Society of England, the Commonwealth Lawyers Association, the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, and the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies in London. He also has the distinction of being a Freeman of the City of London. Since 1 December 2009, Mr. Coles has held the position of Chair of the Cayman Islands Human Rights Commission.
Charles Jennings was managing partner of Maples British Virgin Islands office in 2005 and its London office in 2006-7, returning to Cayman on being appointed joint worldwide managing partner in 2008. He practiced as a lawyer with Maples and Calder from 1986 until his retirement in 2009, having been made partner in 1992. He is the President of the Cayman Islands Law Society, a position he has held since 2001 (except for the two years he was in London), and is the Chair of the Government's Financial Services Legislation Committee.