Last week, the Chief Minister was called as a Master of the Bench (or ‘Bencher’) of the Middle Temple in London. 

Attorney General, Michael Llamas, Puisne Judge Karen Ramagge Prescott and Mrs Justine Picardo, herself a Barrister and member of the Middle Temple, also attended the ceremony.

Mr Picardo now joins the Chief Justice, Anthony Dudley and Karen Rammage Prescott, as Benchers of the Middle Temple. Former Chief Minister, Sir Joshua Hassan QC, was also a Bencher.

Middle Temple is one of the four Inns of Court which have the exclusive right to call students to the Bar with Masters of the Bench being responsible for the governance of the Inn. Masters are elected by their peers from the Inn’s members who have been Called to the Bar. The majority of the Inn’s Benchers are Queen's Counsel or senior members of the judiciary. Middle Temple currently has 469 Ordinary Benchers and 96 Senior (retired) Benchers.

“On behalf of his Cabinet colleagues, I would like to extend our most sincere congratulations to the Chief Minister on his appointment,” said Deputy Chief Minister, Dr Joseph Garcia.