The Governor, Ms Rena Lalgie, has announced the appointment of Mr Juan Wolffe as a Puisne Judge of the Supreme Court of Bermuda.
This appointment follows an open and competitive recruitment process and a recommendation received from the Judicial and Legal Services Committee.
The Governor said, “I am very pleased to appoint Mr Wolffe to this important role. In particular, he brings valuable knowledge and insight from his extensive experience as a dedicated Judicial Officer in both the Magistrates’ Court and the Supreme Court over the last 16 years.
The Judiciary holds an important place in Bermuda as a separate and independent branch of Government which hears charges of criminal conduct, resolves disputes, upholds the rights and freedoms of individuals and preserves the rule of law.”
Mr Wolffe said, “I wish to convey my sincere gratitude to Her Excellency the Governor Ms. Rena Lalgie, the Judicial and Legal Services Committee, and the Honourable Chief Justice Narinder Hargun for my appointment as Puisne Judge. I am profoundly humbled by the trust and faith that they have put in me to contribute to the stellar efforts of the Judges of the Supreme Court of Bermuda who routinely and effectively ensure that the proper administration of justice is carried out. I would be remiss however if I did not acknowledge the phenomenal work of the Magistrates and the Magistrates’ Court staff who are at the forefront of the justice system in Bermuda. The valuable experience that I acquired by collaborating with them and witnessing them exhibiting fairness and compassion for all persons who interface with the Magistrates’ Court, will no doubt put me in good stead when carrying out my duties in the Supreme Court.”
The Governor said, “I would also like to take this opportunity to commend Justice Charles-Etta Simmons on her many years of service to the Bermuda Judiciary, particularly in the Criminal Division. She has the well-deserved respect of her colleagues both on and off the Bench and I wish her well in her future endeavours.”
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