Bermuda’s Court of Appeal has a new President. 

Government House announced today that Sir Christopher Clarke will succeed Sir Scott Baker.

Sir Christopher Clarke has served on the Bermuda Court of Appeal since 2016 and is a former member of the English Court of Appeal, specializing in commercial law.

Lawyer Craig Attridge has also been appointed to replace Archibald Warner, who has retired.

In a statement released earlier today, Governor John Rankin said: “I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Sir Christopher Clarke as the next president of the Court of Appeal and am confident that his legal expertise and experience will continue to serve Bermuda well, maintaining the island’s reputation as a legal jurisdiction of the highest order.”

Mr Attridge, who has run his own legal practice for the past eight years, has served on the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council and the Human Rights Tribunal. He has also served as an Acting Magistrate since March of this year.

The Governor added: “His experience in the field of criminal law and in wider areas, including serving as an Acting Magistrate in civil and family matters, make him well placed to take up this important position within Bermuda’s justice system.”