Chief Justice of Cyprus

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The Chief Justice of Cyprus was the head of the Supreme Court of Cyprus.

The administration of Cyprus was taken over by the British government, following the Russo-Turkish War, under the Convention of 4 June 1878. Charles Alfred Cookson was appointed in that year as Chief Justice and Attorney General. Following the oubreak of hostilities between the two countries in 1914 the island was annexed to the British crown. The country became independent on 16 August 1960.[1]

The Supreme Court of Cyprus was established in 1883.

List of Chief Justices of Cyprus

Incumbent Portrait Tenure Notes
Took office Left office
Elliot Charles Bovill 60px 1883 1890 Later Chief Justice of Straits Settlements, 1892
Sir William James Smith[2] 1892 1897 Afterwards Chief Justice of British Guiana, 1897)
Joseph Turner Hutchinson 60px 1898 1906
Charles Robert Tyser [3] 1906 1919
Stanley Fisher 1920 1924 Afterwards Chief Justice of Trinidad and Tobago, 1924
Sidney Charles Nettleton 1924 1927 Afterwards Chief Justice of Gibraltar, 1927
Charles Frederic Belcher 1927 1930 Afterwards Chief Justice of Trinidad and Tobago, 1930
Herbert Cecil Stronge 1931 1938
Bernard Arthur Crean [4] 1938 1943
Sir Edward St John Jackson 1934 1952
Sir Eric Hallman 1952 1957
Sir Paget James Bourke 1957 1961


  1. Hakki, Murat. Cyprus Issue: A Documentary History, 1878-2006. p. 3. 
  2. The London Gazette: no. 26917. p. 7348. 7 December 1897. Retrieved 2007-11-30.
  3. Venn, John. Alumni Cantabrigienses: A Biographical List of All Known Students ..., Volume 2. p. 263. 
  4. "No title". Trove. Retrieved 26 September 2015.