PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands -- Governor Peter Beckingham has accepted the recommendation of the Judicial Service Commission to appoint Justice Margaret Ramsay-Hale as the next chief justice of the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) it was announced on Thursday.
Ramsay-Hale was previously appointed as puisne judge to the TCI Supreme Court in November 2011. She was appointed to the bench in Jamaica in 1995, and was first admitted to practice as an attorney-at-law in Jamaica in 1991.
The Commission has accepted the current Chief Justice Edwin Goldsbrough's offer to stay on in TCI for a few months while a successor to Ramsey Hale is found.
Commenting on the appointment, the governor said:
"I have offered this position to Justice Ramsay-Hale this week, and I am very pleased that she has accepted it. I am certain that she will bring a great deal of energy as well as professional wisdom and experience to this very important job in the Turks and Caicos Islands.
"I would also like to pay tribute to the work of current Chief Justice Goldsborough. He has over-seen the judicial process at a difficult and demanding time for the country, and Turks and Caicos has benefitted greatly from his contribution."
Ramsay-Hale will assume her new position later this year.
The chairman of the Judicial Service Commission is Justice Lensley Wolfe; its other members are Sir David Simmons and Sir Brian Alleyne.