Court of Appeal president retiring in January

| 22/12/2015
Cayman News Service

Retiring president of the Court of Appeal, Sir John Chadwick, with judicial and legal colleagues, and courts staff. (Back row, L-R) Magistrate Kirsty-Ann Gunn, Ormond Williams, Sir Richard Field, Sir Bernard Rix, Chadwick, Audrey Bodden, Kevin McCormac and John Martin; (front row, L-R) Justice Richard Williams, Acting Justice Michael Mettyear, Deborah Bodden, Justice Ingrid Mangatal, Chief Justice Anthony Smellie and Justice Charles Quin

(CNS): Sir John Chadwick will be officially retiring next month as president of the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal after seven years in that position. He held his last sitting in that post in late November. His successor, Sir John Goldring, is scheduled to be sworn in as president on 20 January.

Prior to Chadwick’s departure in late November, courts colleagues and staff gathered for an informal farewell ceremony, the highlight of which was the unveiling of the judge’s framed photograph joining other judicial luminaries displayed in the lobby adjacent to Courts 1 and 2.

Chief Justice Anthony Smellie told those gathered that while the Judicial Administration had sought to honour Chadwick’s request to keep his departure formalities “as quiet as possible,” he “could not conceive of Sir John leaving without thanking him, however modestly, for his service”.

The Chief Justice described Chadwick’s judgments as “brimming with intellect and depth of knowledge of the workings of the law”, adding that it had been “a privilege to have had Sir John serve the Cayman Islands Courts for seven years.”

In turn, Chadwick spoke of how honoured he was to have served in Cayman. He noted that he was leaving behind “an extremely strong team”, and thanked the chief justice for all his support.

He added that with his departure there was “not a single judgement left outstanding”, from the final sitting of the 2015 session over which he presided.

Chadwick thanked the administrative staff supporting the work of the Court of Appeal. In particular, he paid tribute to Audrey Bodden, the Registrar of the Court of Appeal; court shorthand officers Karen WoonSam, Carol Rouse and senior court reporter Karen Myren; and Marshal “JR” Douglas.

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