Ramsay-Hale appointed Cayman's new chief justice

Justice Margaret Ramsay-Hale has been appointed Chief Justice of the Cayman Islands effective 26th October 2022.

Ramsay-Hale was appointed by Governor Martyn Roper.

As the Head of the Judiciary, the Chief Justice has responsibility for the efficient administration of justice in the Cayman Islands.

“I am delighted to appoint Justice Ramsay-Hale to this very important role within the Judiciary. Justice Ramsay-Hale, who is Caymanian, brings extensive legal knowledge and significant leadership and management experience, including as a former Chief Justice in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Justice Ramsay-Hale impressed the JLSC with her vision, passion, and commitment to strengthening our judicial system and rule of law in line with the Cayman Constitution.”

Roper said Justice Ramsay-Hale will build on the successful legacy of outgoing Chief Justice, Sir Anthony Smellie, who provided strong leadership and services to law and justice in the Cayman Islands, and the wider Caribbean over the last 30 years as a judge, with nearly 25 years as Chief Justice.

“I am grateful to Sir Anthony for his long years of dedicated service, which is greatly appreciated by the community. In recognition of his outstanding contribution, Sir Anthony was awarded a Knighthood in Her Late Majesty The Queen’s Birthday Honours,” he stated.

Ramsay-Hale was appointed a judge in the Grand Court in 2020 after serving as Chief Justice in Turks and Caicos for several years.

Ramsay-Hale also served as a Puisne Judge in the Turks and Caicos Islands from 2011-2014. Her prior judicial experience includes sitting in the Cayman Islands as Chief Magistrate for three years and a Magistrate for ten years. In addition, she sat in Jamaica as a Resident Magistrate and a Family Court Judge, both for two years. Chief Justice Ramsay-Hale served ad hoc as a Judge in the Cayman Islands in 2006 and was appointed to the Cayman Islands Panel of Acting Grand Court Judges in 2013.

Prior to beginning her judicial career, Chief Justice Ramsay-Hale worked at the private Bar before being appointed Crown Counsel in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions in Jamaica in 1994. She is a Certified Mediator and was called to the Bar in 1991.

Now you can read the Jamaica Observer ePaper anytime, anywhere. The Jamaica Observer ePaper is available to you at home or at work, and is the same edition as the printed copy available at https://bit.ly/epaper-login

HOUSE RULES

  1. We welcome reader comments on the top stories of the day. Some comments may be republished on the website or in the newspaper; email addresses will not be published.
  2. Please understand that comments are moderated and it is not always possible to publish all that have been submitted. We will, however, try to publish comments that are representative of all received.
  3. We ask that comments are civil and free of libellous or hateful material. Also please stick to the topic under discussion.
  4. Please do not write in block capitals since this makes your comment hard to read.
  5. Please don't use the comments to advertise. However, our advertising department can be more than accommodating if emailed: advertising@jamaicaobserver.com.
  6. If readers wish to report offensive comments, suggest a correction or share a story then please email: community@jamaicaobserver.com.
  7. Lastly, read our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy