Cayman Islands Court of Appeal Justice Elliott Mottley retired this week after 10 years of service in this jurisdiction.
The retirement of Justice Mottley, who was scheduled to hear appeals through Friday, was marked with a special court session on Wednesday.
In a ceremonial session later that day, no one referred to any particular reason for his retirement. However, since 2007, when then-Governor Stuart Jack decided on an age limit for Justices of the Court of Appeal, members have been retiring around the age of 75.
Justice Mottley, born in 1939, will have observed his 76th birthday sometime this year.
Chief Justice Anthony Smellie pointed out that Justice Mottley will continue to serve on the Court of Appeal in the Turks and Caicos. He also referred to the judge’s legacy of regional service, which only a few lawyers could claim. That started in 1961 when he was called to the bar and established a practice in his native Barbados.
Appointed a Queen’s Counsel in 1980, Justice Mottley served as Attorney General in Bermuda from 1995 to 1998. In 1999 he was appointed to the Court of Appeal in Belize, with similar appointments following in Turks and Caicos, and Barbados, and then Cayman in 2005.