His Excellency the Governor, Duncan Taylor, CBE, is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Valdis Foldats as Cayman's newest permanent Magistrate. Mr. Foldats is currently serving as a Temporary Magistrate in the Summary Court, a post he has held since January 2011.
He was appointed on the advice of the Judicial and Legal Services Commission and will formally take up the permanent post on 1 October, 2011.
Throughout April and May, the Judicial and Legal Services Commission carried out an open recruitment process advertising the post locally and overseas. Following a short-listing process, an interview panel interviewed four persons for this post.
This is the first time that the appointment of a Magistrate to the Summary Court has been made by the Governor following advice from the Judicial and Legal Services Commission, established in the new Constitution introduced in November 2009.
Mr. Foldats was called to the Bar in Canada in 1984 and prior to moving to the Cayman Islands he spent fifteen years practicing law in the areas of criminal, coroner and disciplinary proceedings.
In 1999 Mr. Foldats began working in the Judicial Administration as the Registrar of Appeal/Senior Deputy Clerk before being promoted to the Clerk of Court, where he served for nine years during which time he also gained experience as an Acting Magistrate.