Flanked by family and friends as her mother proudly looked on Nicole Stoneham officially joined the ranks of Bermuda’s Supreme Court Judiciary this week, when she was sworn in at Government House on Wednesday.

“This is a special occasion, for the about-to-be Justice Stoneham, but also for Bermuda,” said Governor, George Fergusson.

“We don’t have so many judges, and the arrival on the scene of a new judge is a big landmark.”

After citing the traditional oath, Puisne Judge Stoneham officially became the first new addition since the appointment of Puisne Judge Stephen Hellman in 2012.

One of the first to congratulate her on her new appointment were Chief Ian Kawaley and her mother, a well known retired school teacher at Purvis School for many years, Carol Stoneham. Justice Stoneham’s father is deceased.

Justice Stoneham served in as a Magistrate since 2010, primarily in Family Court before her appointment to Magistrates Court in 2012.

She replaces retired Puisne Judge Norma Wade-Miller, wh officially stepped down from the bench on May 26th. She was commended and recognized by the Governor for her “enormous service” to Bermuda’s courts “for a very long time”.

Called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1992, Justice Stoneham joined the Bermuda Bar in 1993.

She attended Purvis Primary in Warwick, Bermuda High School for Girls and Warwick Academy before moving on to Dalhousie University, to earn a degree in English Literature.

Justice Stoneham obtained her Bachelor at Law degree from Buckingham University, in England.

By Ceola Wilson