Cayman needs a new chief prosecutor.
The attorney general has been removed, under the 2009 Constitution, from handling criminal prosecutions. The governing document creates the new position of director of public prosecutions. The new position has remained unfilled since the Constitution took effect in November 2009.
Advertisements for the top prosecutor’s job went out on Wednesday, with a closing date of 6 March.
The new position will pay between $105,000 and $126,000 per year (US$122,000 to US$146,000) and is in charge of an annual budget of some $2.85 million.
The government is hoping the director will take up the role prior to the end of the current budget year on 30 June.
Cayman’s Judicial and Legal Services Commission will advise Governor Duncan Taylor on the appointment. The governor has the final decision.
Deputy Governor Donovan Ebanks said last month that once the director is in place, there will be a reorganisation of the government’s Portfolio of Legal Affairs, which now includes the attorney general and the solicitor general’s office.
“[This will be done to] effect the independence of the prosecution service,” Mr. Ebanks told the Legislative Assembly.
Applicants for the director of public prosecutions post must be qualified attorneys (solicitors, barristers or the equivalent) with a minimum 15 years’ practical criminal litigation experience at Grand Court/High Court levels, as well as courts of appeal. At least five years of the applicant’s experience must have been at a senior management level.
Ideally, the applicant would also have “extensive experience” in financial crime litigation, money laundering, criminal confiscation cases and the like, as well as familiarity with extradition and mutual legal assistance treaties.