Financial court gets new full time judge

| 10/03/2021 | 8 Comments
David Doyle

(CNS): A new full-time judge has been appointed to the financial services division of the Grand Court. David Doyle (60) will be coming to Cayman this summer after many years working in the legal profession in the UK’s crown dependencies. His most recent job was as an advocate in the Isle of Man but he has also served as a Judge of Appeal for Jersey and Guernsey. Doyle joins the bench after an open recruitment process by the Judicial and Legal Services Commission. He was one of three people interviewed and then recommended to the governor for selection.

Governor Martyn Roper supported the choice for what he said was an integral part of the Grand Court which required a high level of expertise for the complex litigation that arises out of the financial industry.

Chief Justice Anthony Smellie said Doyle was committed to the development of the law and administration of justice in financial services. “His extensive understanding of relevant local, regional, and international legislation coupled with his wide-ranging experiences hearing financial services matters in the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands will enhance the ability of the Grand Court to continue advance the administration of justice in the financial services sector,” he said. “I am very pleased to be welcoming him as a colleague and member of our judiciary.”

The financial, civil and family divisions of the court are creatively well served with permanent judges working cases. But the criminal division in the Grand Court still has just one full time judge dealing with criminal matters. Justice Cheryll Richards is the only full time judge based in Cayman. She is supported by a group of part-time judges from overseas, including the UK and Jamaica.

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  1. John says:

    He won’t stop Cayman from going the same way as BVI.
    In the Isle of Man, he presided over a justice system that condones the rich and powerful’s dishonesty and fraud.
    That’s not justice; it’s an abhorrence.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Good guy, great addition to the judiciary.

  3. Anonymous says:

    how about changing law…and pay in cayman islands…as laws presently stand….attorneys get paid even if they lose…so poor people often get stuck with frivolous cases they bring before court? ridiculous

    • Anonymous says:

      That would mean not doing what all of our glorious leaders learned on their travels to the USA. So it ain’t happening.

      Anything for the general good of the people or collective is bad. If you had just pulled yourself up by the bootstraps, or worked harder in school you wouldn’t have a problem paying the parasites for doing nothing.

  4. Michael says:

    He also – perhaps most importantly – served as First Deemster (head of the Isle of Man judiciary) for a number of years

  5. Anonymous says:

    For those keeping track of the pace of judicial HR, Justice Ingrid Mangatal departed the bench creating this vacancy in July 2019. That was 20 months ago. Hope it was worth the wait.

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