Baroness Scotland Appointed
His Excellency the Governor,Mr. Duncan Taylor, CBE, is delighted to announce the appointment of Patricia Janet Scotland, The Rt Hon. the Baroness Scotland of Asthal, QC to the Judicial and Legal Services Commission under section 105(d) of the Cayman Islands Constitution Order 2009. Baroness Scotland's appointment returns the complement of the Commission to eight after Sir Richard Ground resigned from the Commission earlier this year.
Baroness Scotland has had an exceptionally distinguished career in the law. She gained her LLB (Hons) in 1976 and was called to the Bar in 1977. She was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1991. Baroness Scotland was created a Peer in 1997 and served in several Ministerial positions in the Labour Government, including as Her Majesty's Attorney General for England, Wales and Northern Ireland from July 2007 to May 2010. She was appointed as an Assistant Recorder in 1991, a Deputy High Court Judge in the Family Division in 1995, and a Recorder in 2000. Baroness Scotland is currently in private practice in London and serves as a Member of the House of Lords. Baroness Scotland has received many awards for her achievements; and is a member of numerous advisory committees in the UK. Details are in the attached CV.
"Baroness Scotland is a most impressive lady, with an outstanding career to date and impeccable credentials," the Governor said. "I am delighted to be able to appoint such a distinguished lawyer and such a good friend of the Cayman Islands to the JLSC. I have no doubt that her wisdom and experience will be of great benefit to the Commission."
Her appointment is effective immediately and expires on 31 July 2015.