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New Magistrate Appointed

His Excellency the Governor, Duncan Taylor, CBE, is pleased to announce the appointment of Mrs. Kirsty-Ann Gunn as Cayman's newest permanent Magistrate.

Mrs. Gunn is currently employed as a Crown Counsel (Specialist) with the Government of Bermuda, a post she has held since September 2010. She has been appointed on the advice of the Judicial and Legal Services Commission and will formally take up the post on 16 April 2012.

Throughout November, 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 five persons for this post. This is the second 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.

Prior to her current appointment in Bermuda, Mrs. Gunn served for a period of four and a half years as a Crown Counsel in the Cayman Islands. During her time in the Cayman Islands, Mrs. Gunn played an active role in the local Drug Rehabilitation Court as the Crown's Senior Drug Rehabilitation Court Prosecutor. Prior to moving to the Cayman Islands, Mrs. Gunn worked as a Higher Court Advocate/Senior Crown Prosecutor in the United Kingdom for four years and as an independent Barrister. She was called to the Bar in England and Wales in 1998.

For further information contact: Cornelia Oliver