Ramsay-Hale returns to Cayman bench

| 12/11/2019 | 26 Comments
Cayman News Service
Justice Margaret Ramsay-Hale

(CNS): Margaret Ramsay-Hale, who served for many years as a magistrate in Summary Court and as an acting Grand Court judge here in the Cayman Islands before she left to sit on the bench in the Turks and Caicos Islands, is returning to in the New Year. Governor Martyn Roper, on advice from the Judicial and Legal Services Commission, has appointed the popular justice to the Grand Court following an open recruitment process.

The local bench is in desperate need of judges, as most of those currently sitting in criminal matters in the Grand Court are visiting judges from other jurisdictions who can only sit for limited periods.

The JLSC interviewed five people for this post, which was advertised locally and overseas, and selected Justice Ramsay-Hale, who is currently serving as the TCI chief justice.

“Justice Ramsay-Hale’s skills and experiences, as well as her commitment and passion to the legal and judicial services will serve to continue to enhance our judiciary,” the governor stated. “I look forward to formally welcoming her back home in the New Year.”

Chief Justice Anthony Smellie supported the governor’s decision and echoed his sentiments. “Justice Ramsay-Hale’s wide breadth of knowledge in the criminal, civil and commercial courts will be well utilised in her new role.”

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  1. Anonymous says:

    She left here and returned with Chief Justice credentials, so when the current CJ retires we have someone in line to take over.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Finally! Now I can put in my application for unpaid child support. None of these other judges would ever do anything to these deadbeat men.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Hale to the chief 🙂

  4. Anonymous says:

    I am amazed at how much this lady has been praised on here and on social media by the people of Cayman. Not many Judges that I know of are this respected or even deserving of this praise..Cayman lost her once but I trust that we will do all what we can to ensure that she stays here and if possible become our next Chief Justice.

  5. Anonymous says:

    This is great news for Cayman. Margaret Ramsay-Hale was an excellent Chief Magistrate and highly competent lawyer. I agree with some of the comments above – she should have been appointed a full-time GCJ when she was here and it has taken 8 years for the Chief Justice and the JSLC to come to their senses!!

  6. Jewel says:

    Congratulations! Long overdue…

  7. Anonymous says:

    Good she might be, but she was no match for the dearly departed Priya Leavers.

  8. Anonymous says:

    She ran just after the criminal shot up her house!poor Cayman.

  9. Anonymous says:

    That’s awesome!!! She’s the best!!!

  10. Michael Day says:

    Welcome back! A wonderful person through and through.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Welcome back ! a firm but fare judge

  12. Anonymous says:

    Get serious about crime and make us all happy.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Is this a demotion? From Chief Justice in the Turks and Caicos Islands to Justice to the Grand Court Cayman Islands.

  14. Elvis says:

    Very beautiful , very clever and very much needed back,

  15. Anonymous says:

    Congratulations to Justice Ramsey, they just couldn’t deny the inevitable.

  16. Done reach says:

    Welcome back welcome back.

  17. Anonymous says:

    welcome back!

  18. Anonymous says:

    It was a shame that we lost her to Turks and Caicos in the first place. She should have been offered this same position back then XXXX

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