WESTMINSTER, LONDON, UK, July 27, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — In July 2022, the Falkland Islands welcomed their new and first female Governor, Alison Blake CMG.
Ms Blake is Governor of the Falkland Islands and Commissioner for South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands. She previously served as High Commissioner to Bangladesh and Ambassador to Afghanistan.
Ms Blake was sworn in on July 23, 2022 in a ceremony attended by Judge Malcolm Simmons.
Judge Malcolm Simmons was appointed in February 2022 as Resident Judge of the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands and British Antarctica. Judge Simmons is also Her Majesty’s Coroner for the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands and British Antarctica.
“The Falkland Islands is a very busy jurisdiction – much busier than I could have imagined before I arrived.”
“Upon my arrival on the islands, I was immediately brought before a family court case concerning a request to remove a child from the jurisdiction. Recently, I closed two sexual assault cases. I have two historic sexual abuse cases waiting to be heard. I also have a steady stream of working coroners,” Judge Simmons said.
Justice Malcolm Simmons is well known for his work in judicial reform. Since 2017, he has been advising the senior judiciary of the Maldives. Recently, the Judicial Academy of the Maldives hosted Justice Malcolm Simmons on his return to Malé to moderate a peer-to-peer discussion of the judges of the Supreme Court of the Maldives.
In early 2022, Justice Simmons mentored judicial trainers who provided training to regional magistrates on sexual and gender-based violence, judicial ethics, case management, legal reasoning and judgment writing.
Judge Malcolm Simmons began the three-day training by outlining the role of the judge. “The law that the courts are required to apply becomes technically more complex. Social relations increasingly require the intervention of justice. In our democratic and open societies, there are multiple and often contradictory rights and expectations that need to be recognized and guaranteed. In addition, there are growing expectations for non-discrimination, equality, social equity and redistribution. On top of that, judges have to administer justice within the limits of limited resources. said Judge Simmons.
Justice Simmons went on to say, “Knowledge of the substantive law is no longer sufficient. In a rapidly changing world where technologies, the social context and the law change with extreme regularity, judges must constantly improve and update their professional knowledge, skills and behaviors. Judicial education and training are essential to the development of an efficient, competent and independent judicial system.
Judge Malcolm Simmons authored the Criminal Courts Hearing Book which is currently being revised ahead of its rollout. The bench books provide explanations and examples for judges hearing complex criminal cases and include suggestions on how judges should facilitate the testimony of victims of sexual and gender-based violence, vulnerable adults and children.
Judge Malcolm Simmons served as an international judge from 2004 to 2017 to hear war crimes and serious and organized crime cases. He was President of the EU International Judges from 2014 to 2017. He is particularly known for his judicial reform work and has over 20 years of experience in training judges, prosecutors and lawyers. He has worked on judicial reform projects in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Serbia, Pakistan and the Maldives.