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Who We Are


We are the two permanent members of staff for the Courts and Tribunals Service. We work in the court offices in the Town Hall, Stanley.

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Head of Courts and Tribunals Service - James Brooks

James moved to the Falkland Islands in 2016. Having grown up on the Isle of Wight and attended university in London, James qualified as a barrister in 2001 and then worked for two years in legal publishing. In 2003 James joined the magistrates’ courts service, initially in Devon, and then in Essex and Humberside, dealing with adult and youth criminal, and family, matters. He also provided training to lay justices on a wide range of subjects having successfully completed a training qualification.

James also provides a programme of in house legal adviser training to the Court Assistant to ensure that in due course she will be able to take on the role of providing legal advice to the lay justices in the summary court.

James lives in Stanley with his wife and young daughter.


Court Assistant - Laura Clarke

Laura moved back to the Falkland Islands in 2011 after completing her A-levels in the UK and degree in Criminology with Applied Psychology at the University of Brighton.

Laura was appointed to the position of court assistant in May 2013. Since this time, Laura has been actively encouraged to develop her skills and has commenced a distance learning Law Degree with Northumbria University. Her studies started in September 2014 and are due to take place over a three year period. Laura returns to the UK to take exams at the end of each study year.

With the support of the Falkland Islands Government and her colleagues, Laura's role has been successfully succession planned, meaning that it is hoped that, once legally qualified and upon gaining sufficient experience within the court service, Laura will take on the role of Head of Courts and Tribunals. This will enable her to provide the court service with continuity and stability in future years.

In addition to her full time job as court assistant and her distance learning degree, Laura is also undertaking in-house Legal Adviser training provided by the Head of Courts and Tribunals Service, meaning she will be able to provide legal support to the lay justices in due course.