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His Honour John William Corrin CBE (6 January 1932– 6 April 2019) was a First Deemster of the Isle of Man.
His Honour or Her Honour is an honorific prefix which is traditionally applied to certain classes of people, in particular justices and judges and mayors. In Australia and the United States, the prefix is also used for magistrates. A corruption of the term, "Hizzoner", is sometimes used to irreverently refer to mayors of larger cities such as New York, Los Angeles, or Chicago.
A deemster is a judge in the Isle of Man. The High Court of Justice of the Isle of Man is presided over by a deemster or, in the case of the appeal division of that court, a deemster and the Judge of Appeal. The deemsters also promulgate the Laws on Tynwald Day by reading out brief summaries of them in English and Manx.
The Isle of Man, sometimes referred to simply as Mann, is a self-governing British Crown dependency in the Irish Sea between Great Britain and Ireland. The head of state is Queen Elizabeth II, who holds the title of Lord of Mann and is represented by a lieutenant governor. Defence is the responsibility of the United Kingdom.
He was educated at King William's College. He was called to the Manx bar in 1954. He rose to Senior Partner at Dickinson Cruickshank & Co.
King William's College is an independent school for pupils aged 3 to 18, located near Castletown on the Isle of Man. It is a member of the International Baccalaureate and Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference organisations. The College operates two sites in Castletown: a main senior school campus on the shore of Castletown Bay, and a prep school in the Westhill part of Castletown, two miles from the main campus. The College was originally for boys only, but became co-educational in the 1980s. It has roughly five hundred pupils, many from beyond the British Isles.
He served as Attorney General and Member of the Legislative Council of the Isle of Man from 1974 to 1980, when he became Second Deemster. He succeeded as First Deemster and Clerk of the Roles in 1988, serving until 1998.
The Attorney General of the Isle of Man is the Government's top legal adviser and has an ex officio (non-voting) seat in the Legislative Council.
The Legislative Council is the upper chamber of Tynwald, the legislature of the Isle of Man. The abbreviation "LegCo" is often used.
In 1998, he was elected a Freeman of the Borough of Douglas.
The Freedom of the City is an honour bestowed by a municipality upon a valued member of the community, or upon a visiting celebrity or dignitary. Arising from the medieval practice of granting respected citizens freedom from serfdom, the tradition still lives on in countries such as the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, Canada, South Africa and New Zealand – although today the title of "freeman" confers no special privileges. The Freedom of the City can also be granted by municipal authorities to military units which have earned the city's trust; in this context, it is sometimes called the Freedom of Entry. This allows them the freedom to parade through the city, and is an affirmation of the bond between the regiment and the citizenry.
Douglas is the capital and largest town of the Isle of Man, with a population of 27,938 (2011). It is located at the mouth of the River Douglas, and on a sweeping bay of two miles. The River Douglas forms part of the town's harbour and main commercial port.
He died on 6 April 2019 at the age of 87.
The Clerk of the Rolls is a judge and Head of the Judiciary in the Isle of Man.
The government of the Isle of Man is a parliamentary representative democracy. As a Crown Dependency, it is not subordinate to the government of the United Kingdom. That government, however, is responsible for defence and external affairs and could intervene in the domestic affairs of the island under its residual responsibilities to guarantee "good government" in all Crown dependencies. The Monarch of the United Kingdom is also the head of state of the Isle of Man, and generally referred to as "The Queen, Lord of Mann". Legislation of the Isle of Man defines "the Crown in right of the Isle of Man" as separate from the "Crown in right of the United Kingdom". Her representative on the island is the Lieutenant Governor of the Isle of Man, but his role is mostly ceremonial, though he does have the power to grant Royal Assent.
Tynwald Day is the National Day of the Isle of Man, usually observed on 5 July.
The following State Officials are some of the most important in the Isle of Man. They take place in the annual Tynwald Day procession and have precedence or importance at other occasions.
His Honour John Michael Kerruish QC was a Manx lawyer, who was the First Deemster and Clerk of the Rolls on the Isle of Man.
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Andrew Williamson was the Deputy Deemster of the Isle of Man. Andrew Williamson was born in Douglas in December 1946 and brought up in Kirk Michael. He was educated at Michael School and then his local library, before leaving the Island to study law at Nottingham Regional College of Technology. He then joined the Middle Temple and was subsequently called to the Bar,where he consumed alcohol vast quantities.
Arthur Christian Luft was a Manx judge, a former First Deemster and Clerk of the Rolls and a Member of the Legislative Council of the Isle of Man.
The High Court of Justice of the Isle of Man is governed by the High Court Act 1991. There are four permanent judges of the High Court:
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Thomas William Cain QC is a former First Deemster of the Isle of Man. He was born on 1 June 1935.
The War Consultative Committee was a body set up by the Lieutenant Governor of the Isle of Man William Leveson-Gower, 4th Earl Granville in November 1939, and which functioned as a 'war cabinet' of sorts on the island during the Second World War. For Granville, the function of the War Consultative Committee would be to provide advice to him on the legislation, policy and the daily affairs of the island. The Committee had no specific constitutional status.
Sir Geoffrey Gould Briggs was an English lawyer and judge. He was Chief Justice of Hong Kong in the 1970s.
Sir James Gell, CVO, QC was a Manx lawyer, who was the First Deemster and Clerk of the Rolls on the Isle of Man. He was also the first Manxman to become Attorney General of the Isle of Man.
James Stowell Gell QC was a Manx advocate who became High Bailiff of both Castletown and Douglas, Isle of Man.
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