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Trained lawyer ‘will add to faith in island courts’

John MacRitchie shakes hands with Governor Capes
John MacRitchie (right) shakes hands with Governor Capes after taking his oath of office

St Helena’s first professional magistrate has said his arrival could give people “even further” confidence in the island’s justice system.

John MacRitchie has been appointed to the new role of chief magistrate for five years. He will hear court cases, train lay magistrates and court officers, and also servce as coroner, land registrar and, later this year, media standards commissioner.

He said: “It is clear to me already that I am to join an excellent team of existing magistrates. To have an independent and legally qualified chief magistrate on the island will, I hope, add even further to the public confidence that exists in our legal system at present.”

Derek adds role of Coroner to a varied career

Derek Richards has taken the oaths of office as St Helena’s new coroner – after a career that has taken in a variety of jobs.

He has worked on Ascension, been a news reader at Radio St Helena, and run the island fire service, training in disaster management and investigations. He then moved to be head of the Public Works department at The Castle before leaving to do consultancy work – which led to a role as General Manager of Services at Solomon and Company.

In his spare time, he and wife Linda run the Island Images website, selling honey, jewellery and mosaics. The site also has details of their activities as amateur radio operators.

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