Ian Kawaley To Replace Richard Ground

September 29, 2011

Ian Kawaley will be the next Chief Justice of Bermuda, replacing Richard Ground who will be retiring in March 2012.

Governor Sir Richard Gozney said, “As has long been publicly known, the Hon Chief Justice, Richard Ground, will be retiring on 31 March 2012.”

“I would like to pay a very warm tribute to the Chief Justice’s work over the last 8 years. Since his arrival in 2004 he has worked tirelessly on the standing of Bermuda’s Supreme Court, and therefore the Island’s standing, as a legal jurisdiction, which is a central component to Bermuda’s success in reinsurance and other businesses.”

“He and his staff have worked hard to clear a backlog of cases which he inherited on his arrival. When he leaves next year the Supreme Court will be stronger, I believe, thanks to all the steps taken under his leadership.”

“There will be other opportunities for his colleagues and friends to laud and applaud the Chief Justice in his final 6 months in the job. I wish to start now by expressing my sincere gratitude to him for 8 years of hard, honest work and straightforward, honest advice to Government House.”

“I convened an ad hoc judicial panel earlier this year to consider candidates for the position of Chief Justice. On the recommendation of the panel and after consultation with the Premier and the Leader of the Opposition in accordance with the Constitution, I am pleased to announce that Mr Justice Ian Kawaley will be the next Chief Justice of Bermuda, from 1 April 2012.”

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  1. Eron Hill says:

    The current Chief Justice, Richard Ground has done an exemplary job while in that position for the past eight years! I believe that Justice Kawaley is the right man for the job and I hope that he continues to put his hard work ethic in his new position!

  2. specialgirl4 says:

    Congratulations to the Hon. Justice Kawaley, it is good to see a Bermudian take on this role. Wish you all the best in the future. You surely do have the skills and knowledge to perform this role.

  3. Riley B King says:

    I agree. I think Ian Kawaley is an excellent choice. I had the pleasure of being a pupil of his when he used to teach law at Bermuda College for KLS. He’s a very impressive person.

  4. I'm Amazed says:

    Congratulations and well deserved!

  5. Jim Bean says:

    Best decision in a long time

  6. Wayne M. Caines says:

    Congrates to Justice Ian Kawaley, he is a competent jurist and a very disciplined practitioner of Law. Justice Kawaley holds a Phd in Law and has a firm grasp of the legal/social issues that are plaguing our country.

    Justice Ground should be lauded for his 8 yrs as the Chief Justice of Bermuda. Justice Ground has carried out his duties with dignity and aplomb.

    We owe a debt of gratitude to Justice Ground. Justice Kawaley we know that you will aquit yourself well.

  7. Pastor Syl says:

    Kudos and congrats to Justice Ian Kawaley. There is no one here more suited to take on the role of Chief Justice.
    I am so proud to know you!

  8. Time says:

    Finally a sensible decision by the Governor and his Bosses in Whitehall.

    We will sleep better knowing Justice Kawaley is our Chief Justice, Amen.

  9. Congrats Judge Kawaley. Thanks CJ Ground for setting such a fine example of what a CJ should be. Hope Judge Kawaley is even better and can leave his personal views aside, and judge cases on the facts and the law ONLY, which can be very difficult for someone who has grown up in a society with certain biases & is now required to be unbiased in the samw society..

  10. MinorMatters says:

    Congrats! – Please do not be soft on crime. Throw the book at ‘em!

  11. Legal Eagle says:

    The Appointment of The Honorable Justice Kawaley as C.J is well deserved on his MERITS–rather than his nationality or any other extraneous category or consideration. Congrats Justice Kawaley–an appointment on the merit rather than (the usual) nepotism is a breath of fresh air in today’s Bermuda! I echo the previous post of Wayne Caines icluding his ‘job well done’ Kudos to Justice Ground.