Governor Announces Two Judicial Appointments

November 15, 2018

Government House announced the appointment of Sir Christopher Clarke to succeed Sir Scott Baker as President of the Court of Appeal, and also announced the appointment of Mr Craig Attridge to the office of Magistrate to take over the vacancy created following the retirement of Mr Archibald Warner.

Governor John Rankin said, “I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Sir Christopher Clarke as the next President of the Court of Appeal and am confident that his legal expertise and experience will continue to serve Bermuda well, maintaining the island’s reputation as a legal jurisdiction of the highest order.”

“I am similarly pleased to announce the appointment of Craig Attridge to Bermuda’s Magistracy. His experience in the field of criminal law and in wider areas, including serving as an Acting Magistrate in civil and family matters, make him well placed to take up this important position within Bermuda’s justice system.”

Sir Christopher Clarke has served on the Bermuda Court of Appeal since 2016 and is a former senior member of the English Court of Appeal. His particular specialisation is in the field of commercial law although he is perhaps best known as the Counsel for the Bloody Sunday Inquiry. He was formerly Head of Brick Court Chambers, London and was a judge of the Courts of Appeal of Jersey and Guernsey from 1998-2004.

Craig Attridge was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2000 and to the Bermuda Bar in 2001. He has appeared in the Bermuda Courts at all levels as well as before the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council, the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland and the Human Rights Tribunal. In the past eight years he has run his own legal practice and has also served as an Acting Magistrate on a number of occasions since March 2018.

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