Magistrate moves up, new appeal judge joins panel

| 09/04/2013

Nova-Hall.jpg(CNS): Chief Magistrate Nova Hall has been sworn in as an Acting Judge of the Grand Court and is sitting in the higher court throughout this week and as the need arises. Officials from the courts said that the Grand Court is exceptionally busy dealing with a large number of criminal and civil cases, necessitating the need for more hands on deck. Meanwhile, Sir Richard Ground will be sitting in the Court of Appeal for the next three weeks for the first time since his appointment last year. Sir Richard a former Cayman attorney general was sworn in by the Acting Governor, Franz Manderson, onMonday. 

Welcoming him back to the Cayman Islands, the President of the Court of Appeal, Sir John Chadwick said: “I am delighted that Sir Richard has joined the Court of Appeal. He will bring expertise and experience to the Court and, I have no doubt, will make a most valuable contribution to its work.”

Ground was a Crown Counsel in Cayman between 1983 and 1987 before he became attorney general he was appointed to the Supreme Court of Bermuda in 1992 and was Chief Justice for the Turks and Caicos Islands from 1998-2004 and for Bermuda from 2004-2012. He already sits as a Justice of Appeal in both Turks and Caicos and Bermuda.

Chief Justice, Anthony Smellie welcomed both appointments expressing his confidence that they will strengthen the abilities of the Grand Court and the Court of Appeal to manage their respective demanding and complex workloads.

Further details of both Justice Ground and Acting Judge Hall can be seen at


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  1. Anonymous says:

    Well deserved!!

  2. Anonymous says:

    What about Ms. Ramsay-Hale?  I'd like to see her become a Judge here too.  She was a sharp and fair Ch. Magistrate too.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Congratulations Nova. Well deserved. May you continue to be fair and unbiased and may God continue to bless you richly.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Well deserved this is a honest and fair judge , she deals with evidence not emotions all the best.

    • Anonymous says:

      Where does she stand on sacred vessels?

    • Anonymous says:

      Very well deserved indeed!

      An extremely knowledgeable, neutral and fair lady, who elicits the highest level of respect and admiration from the profession.

      We will miss you in SC, however, we take comfort in knowing you will be next door in GC.

      Congratulations Judge Nova Hall!

  5. Cayman Mama says:

    Congratulations Miss Nova!