How the Judiciary is governed

Chief Justice

At the head of the Judiciary for the Turks and Caicos Islands is the Chief Justice who is appointed by the Governor, in consultation with the Judicial Service Commission. The Chief Justice has statutory responsibility over a range of matters in the administration of justice.

President of the Court of Appeal

The President of the Court of Appeal has the administrative responsibility for the Court of Appeal.

Chief Magistrate

At the head of the Magistracy is the Chief Magistrate who is responsible for the administration and sittings of the Magistrate’s Court (s 4 Magistrate’s Court Ordinance) and reports to the Chief Justice. The Governor appoints all Magistrates for the Islands.

Registrar

There is a Registrar of the Supreme Court who has all the powers which are exercisable by any Master or Registrar of the High Court of Justice in England and who performs duties such as keeping account of all fees and fines received in proceedings in the Supreme Court, issuing process and adjourning the Court from time to time (s 9 Supreme Court Ordinance). The Registrar is appointed by the Governor and is supported by Deputy Registrars who are also appointed by the Governor (s 8 Supreme Court Ordinance).