Island’s media regulators ‘won’t be controlled from The Castle’

The people appointed to rule on media complaints on St Helena will be free of government influence, the island’s chief magistrate has insisted. John MacRitchie has pointed out that their independence is protected in the new Media Standards Ordinance, which came into effect on 9 October 2012. He also told St Helena Online that the […]

Trained lawyer ‘will add to faith in island courts’

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 […]

Island-born lawyer named as St Helena’s chief magistrate

A lawyer who was born in the Western Isles of Scotland has been appointed as St Helena’s first chief magistrate. John MacRitchie takes up his new post on 24 June 2012, according to the The Courier newspaper in Dundee, where he currently practises. He is clearly not planning a brief stay on the island: the […]