Governor Rena Lalgie announced the appointment of Larry Mussenden as Bermuda’s new Chief Justice today.

The former Director of Public Prosecutions, who was also a former senator in 2003, officially takes up the post tomorrow, to succeed Narinda Hargun, who retired in December.

In her announcement today, the Governor said she was pleased to announce Mr Mussenden as Bermuda’s next Chief Justice.

“Mr Mussenden is a highly regarded lawyer both within Bermuda and internationally,” she added.

“He has over 27 years of professional legal experience in public service and private practice, serving as Crown Counsel, Director of Public Prosecutions, Attorney General and Minister of Justice and most recently as a puisne judge.”

Mr Mussenden, a former President of the Bermuda Football Association, started out as a criminal defence lawyer, after he was called to the bar in England and Wales in 1995.

He earned his law degree at the University of Kent in Canterbury, and studied at the Inns of Court School of Law in London.

In 1996, he switched to the Attorney General’s Chambers as a Crown counsel, and served as DPP from 2016 to 2020.

Meanwhile, Scott Pearman, the Shadow Minister of Legal Affairs offered congratulations on behalf of the One Bermuda Alliance.

“Bermuda is fortunate to have a talented judiciary at all levels. The elevation of Mr Justice Mussenden to become our next Bermudian Chief Justice will continue this tradition,” he said.

“It is important for Bermuda to maintain a strong and independent judicial system; the Chief Justice has our support to ensure this vital separation of powers and to promote the rule of law.”