Appeal Judge Takes Oath
Cayman Islands Court of Appeal Judge, The Hon. Justice John Martin, QC, took his oaths of allegiance and judicial office before Her Excellency the Governor, Mrs. Helen Kilpatrick, CB, at her office Monday, 31 March 2014.
Attending the oath-taking were the President of the Court of Appeal The Rt. Hon. Sir John Chadwick, Chief Justice Hon. Anthony Smellie, QC and Registrar of the Court of Appeal, Mrs. Audrey Bodden.
The Hon. Justice Martin, who is also a judge of the Courts of Appeal in Guernsey and Jersey, was appointed as one of three new Court of Appeal judges following an open recruitment process conducted by the Judicial and Legal Services Commission (JLSC) last year.
At the opening of the current session of the Court of Appeal, President Sir John Chadwick welcomed Hon. Justice Martin on his first appearance as a Court of Appeal Judge and noted his past experience of appearing before Courts in the Cayman Islands. The Hon. Justice Martin joins sitting judges Hon. Justice Elliott Mottley and The Rt. Hon. Justice Sir Anthony Campbell.
Sir John Chadwick led a moment of silence in memory of Sir Richard Ground, a Court of Appeal judge who passed away on 22 February 2014. He emphasised that the absence of Sir Richard (a former Attorney General in the Cayman Islands and former Chief Justice of Bermuda) was a great loss to the working of the Court. "He was and would have continued to be an enormous source of strength," he added.
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