Chief Justice of the Cayman Islands


Honourable Anthony Smellie
  • Place of Birth: Jamaica; Naturalized British Citizen (Caymanian Status);
  • LLB Hons. (U.W.I.) 1975;
  • CLE: post graduate professional qualification, Commonwealth Caribbean;
  • Attorney-at-law, Jamaica;
  • Clerk of the Courts, Westmoreland, Jamaica, 1976-1977;
  • Crown Counsel and Assistant Director of Public Prosecution, Jamaica 1977 – 1983;
  • Associate Lecturer, Norman Manley Law School; 1980-1983;
  • Alumnus, International Development Law Institute, Rome, Italy; Diploma in Development & Finance Law; 1988;
  • Principal Crown Counsel and Solicitor General, Cayman Islands, 1983 – 1992;
  • Team member Financial Action Task Force – mutual evaluation of United States Legal and Financial Anti-money Laundering Regimes, 1996;
  • Appointed one of Her Majesty’s Counsel, August 1991;
  • Attorney General Cayman Islands (Acting), January 1992 – November 1992;
  • Judge of the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands, January 1993 – June 1998;
  • Appointed Chief Justice of the Cayman Islands since June 1998;
  • Mutual Legal Assistance Authority (Cayman – United States MLAT) since 1993;
  • Honorary Bencher, Grays Inn, London, England;
  • Honorary Fellow Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (University of London);
  • Patron: Commonwealth Law Journal, Oxford University Press;
  • Alumnus, London Business School (Executive Education Programme);
  • Member – Insolvency Practitioners International (Insol);
  • Honorary Doctor of Laws (Liverpool) 2006.
  • Nominated as a member of the International Hague Network of Judges for the Convention of the Protection of Children: July 2011 to June 2013;
  • Nominated by the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners as a judicial member in April 2013.