Judge: Court temp arrested

A temporary employee who was working at the court house in George Town earlier this month has been arrested, the Caymanian Compass has learned.

According to reports received from the courthouse, the temp was working as a secretary for one of the judges. Her name has not been released because no charges have been filed in the case.

“It is correct that a temporary employee, provided to us by an outside agency, was arrested,” read a statement sent to the Caymanian Compass by Acting Chief Justice Alexander Henderson. “When we were advised of the situation, we instructed the agency to send us another temporary employee instead.”

The Compass understands that the arrest was in relation to drugs possession. However, the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service refused to confirm any details related to the case.

“I have been instructed that the matter is an ongoing investigation and it would be inappropriate to comment at this time,” RCIPS Chief Inspector Raymond Christian said Friday. 

Please see later editions of the Caymanian Compass for more on this story….



  1. Whilst it is sad to see that a temping agency can so easily provide none Caymanian employees to the Judiciary by just a phone call way. I have to ask what happened to the unemployed Caymanian Secretaries that are registered with these agencies desperately seeking employees.

    Considering that the individuals that are employed in such a sensitive area of the country’s business would pass with such flying colours to take up a position that a Caymanian could easily have filled. At least you would have had a better background idea of that person being on island you could do a ‘social enquiry’ of that person and know who they are before approving them to work in an area as sensitive as that of a Judge’s Secretary. My gosh, what has our Judiciary stooped to in this country when they will prefer to hire an unscreened Temp over a loyal and trust worthy Caymanian.

    We all know what will happen now to this woman. She will be quickly shipped off island, no charges will be filed, and it will be swept under the rug and hushed without any more being said about it.

    This is how it has been done, and will continue to be done for generations to come, until the essence of what a Caymanian is, will be no more.

  2. Dear Sir/Madam re: your first comment to this story.
    Are you reading from some other news article, where exactly in this article does it say that the temporary staffer was or was NOT CAYMANIAN. Do you have a crystal ball?
    Perhaps before jumping to assumption and raising more nastiness in the community with your divisive rhetoric, lets focus on the OWNERS of the agency. whether or not this person is a Caymanian or an expat is irrelevant, better screening should be done.

  3. An expat in a good paying job would have to be a complete idiot to get involved in the drug scene. If they get caught it is certain that they will lose all permission to remain, or even to return.

    Besides that, do you know how hard it is for temp agencies to get work permits for prospective employees who will not have full time employment?

    There is a reason why it’s called a Temp Agency.

  4. In principle, I have to agree with you…the article does not state the nationality of the female in question.

    However, not because it does not state it in the article does not necessarily mean that some posters and members of the public do not already know.

    Cayman is a very small place where word gets around very quickly on scurulious happenings like this and you can be sure that this person’s name and nationality is already well publicised on the streets of Cayman.

    Some commentors on this forum might not necessarily state all the facts that they have at their disposal when comments are posted but in all fairness, the nationality of the person in question should not matter one iota and employers or agencies cannot be held responsible when their staff breaks the law, neither can they be held responsible for their lifestyles.

    Some companies and institutions in Cayman require drug testing for their employees upon hiring and throughout their tenure of employment.

    If every single user of drugs who are in employment in Cayman were to be caught and prosecuted, the place would be almost a ghost town.

    Drug use in Cayman is much more prevalent than the average person knows about or is willing to admit and this article gives no information on whether this person was arrested for personal possession or possesion with intent to supply, which are two different set of circumstnaces altogether or what type of drug is in question.

    Sometimes, I have to wonder why something like this is considered newsworthy in the first place if such limited and sketchy information is all that is available.

    Possibly waiting until after a person has actually been charged might be a more appropriate time to report the incident.

  5. Because I know for a fact that she was on a work permit that’s why I can say what I said originally. Do you realize that every job that is now being held by a foreigner is now being made known to Caymanians especially unemployed Caymanians. We are going to fight back against this injustice against those of us that are unemployed, and are qualified. We will be letting the Immigration Board know who we are. I also encourage every Caymanian to send a copy of your application to the Immigration and Business Plan Boards. They must be made aware of who is out here that is unemployed. The DER is not taking the initiative to update their list of people. They don’t even what to assist people, thank goodness many are no longer bothering to waste their time with that disorganized dept.

    Caymanians are sick and tired of being overlooked and passed over for jobs that we can do and are qualified and experienced to do. The Immigration and Business Plan Board better be ready to deal with us as well. That’s what they are there to do, protect jobs for Caymanians, it is high time they did their jobs more effectively and in favour of the unemployed Caymanians!

  6. Given:

    1. The Immigration Law requires the authorities to be satisfied that applicants for immigration permissions are not involved in unlawful drugs; and

    2. It is acknowledged by other postings here that large numbers of persons (including Expatriates) are involved in unlawful drugs;

    this is just indicative of another failing in our systems.

    If we are truly serious about drugs in our community…should we not simply add drug testing to the work permit/PR medicals, and avoid many similar issues? Anyone offended by this (because it prefers Caymanians in their own land and only operates against foreign drug users)can instill a drug testing policy in their workplace for everyone.

  7. Posey – and who are overlooking Caymanians for said jobs? 99% of the time its Caymanians themselves who are making the hiring decisions. The problem is the crab in a bucket, tall poppy syndrome that exists, where some dont wont others to suceed in case they be bypassed or because of other history the applicant has had with decision maker or their family.

  8. As someone who regularly deals with the Court, and dealt on many occasions with this young lady, I can say it is a tragedy that the Court has lost her. She was pretty much the only official in the place who answered her phone, responded to emails, or got anything done.

    I am also not sure why the Court terminated her employment before waiting to see if she was convicted (or even charged) and why the details of something so confidential were so freely circulated by some at the Court. Perhaps because her work ethic embarrassed the rest of them?

  9. A couple of other points …

    1. The lady in question is described as a secretary but she was in fact a qualified lawyer. I doubt there were many equally qualified Caymanians chasing the role.

    2. It is correct that drug use is rife on the island, as it is in most parts of the world. I have never taken any drugs but I cannot think of anyone I know who could say the same. Most recreational drug use is harmless and addiction should be a health issue, not a law and order one. Laws only work by consent, and a sizeable proportion of the population has decided that recreational drug use is OK. I think we need to rethink whether the war on drugs is ever going to be capable of being won, if so many of our fellow men think it’s wrong in principle. Certainly, destroying someone’s career and seeing them expelled from their home over something so trivial seems to me to be completely disproportionate.

  10. OldDiver

    It can’t be that hard to get temp work permits, mate or else there wouldn’t be that many temp agencies in operation in Cayman.

    I’ve had to resort to temping in the past just to get a bit of work, as a qualified Caymanian, back in the early part of the 2000 decade (2000/02)and got to know exactly how the system works.

    Temping is just another way for companies and the government to get the human resources they need to do the work, without having to committ long term, to the overall welfare of the worker…pay for work done only, no pension, holiday entitlement, sick-leave or other benefits contracted employees are legally due under the labour laws.

    The law might say that a temp is due some of these benefits but in practice, they are never forthcoming…and the agency can bypass any of these requirements by simply not finding any work for the temp who asks too many questions or creates a fuss.

    The work force became almost just another slave market when the laws allowing temping agencies came into effect….there to make money for the agency and save money

    Who then has to go and work for who ?

    You’ve guessed it right !…

    The temping agency !

  11. On the question of drug use in Cayman, the hypocrisy on the issue has only made a situation much worse than it needed to be.

    The issue of drug-testing has never been handled fairly across the board and has had elements of witch-hunts and vendettas rather than genuine attempts to limit drug usage or assist users who needed help.

    There’s times when one gets the impression that people who use drugs are considered bigger demons than the people firing guns, robbing, shooting and killing people in Cayman.

    The RCIPS cannot catch a gunman robber but they can sure find and arrest a social drug user quickly enough!

  12. Quite agree Firery but I am not sure the business community or the legislators are ready to bite the bullet and introduce a system where, regardless of your employment status, you are entitled to all the benefits of that employment – leave, sickness etc. This is yet another aspect of cayman that lags behind the rest of the world.

  13. Oh dear. Too strong a whiff in this thread of the Caymanians can do anything, and there are lots out there qualified and capable and being discriminated against riff.
    Facts have to be faced: difficult, because no-one, employer or employee/potential employee is able to speak out the truth on this issue. Of course there are many Caymanians, qualified, hard working and worthy in jobs they do well; but there are, unhappily, rather too many others who think well paid employment is their right, regardless of merit, competence, consistency and reliability.
    And in any community of any size – even as small as Cayman – the economic and social need for, from both employer and employee point of view – is well established.

  14. JTB – your words (repeated below) beautifully and succinctly describe (although I am sure unintentionally and without malice) everything that is wrong with our immigration policies and their implementation – and the reason why there is regrettably growing resentment between some Caymanians and Expatriates:

    1. The lady in question is described as a secretary but she was in fact a qualified lawyer. I doubt there were many equally qualified Caymanians chasing the role.

    On what planet is being a qualified lawyer a necessary qualification for being a secretary? Of course there will be a shortage of Caymanian secretaries for such positions if they really have to be lawyers!

    Think what you are saying through! Is it permissible to deny an otherwise Caymanian busboy a job becausea Canadian Maitre D. wants the position of busboy to be able to live in Cayman? Will Cayman survive if we deny qualified Caymanian nurse’s positions because Indian doctors are applying for nursing jobs here?

    That attitude would not be acceptable in any country. Qualified means qualified – not over qualified.

  15. @Mark The Twain … Sorry, I clearly did not express myself very well.

    The role itself was as personal assistant to three of the Judges dealing with a particular area of law. An element of legal knowledge and experience was an intrinsic part of it.

    It’s an interesting question, whether it’s more important to staff the public services with unqualified or incompetent Caymanians, or accept that the broader well-being of the economy depends on, for example, international confidence in the smooth and efficient running of the Court system, even if that is at the expense of a number of Caymanian job-seekers.

  16. JTB – I am with you provided the immigration authorities were made aware that the individual was to be employed as a paralegal in this instance (which requires a higher fee be paid) – and that no-one was misled into granting permission for someone to operate as a paralgal/clerk/lawyer with a secretary work permit. This would be particularly important in an environment where there are perhaps a number of Caymanians and Permanent Residents with law degrees who might be interested in such a position and had no opportunity to compete for it because it was (mis)understood to be a secretarial role. I stress I do not suggest for a moment the employer did anything wrong – but based on what you are saying the system may be breaking down at the immigration level.

    Contrary to what you say, I perceive the only question is whether it is more appropriate to staff positions (in any business or organisation) with qualified and competent Caymanians where they are available, in preference to foreign nationals. The law requires it, it makes sense, it is fair, and works that way in every country (for its own nationals), and yet you seem to suggest that it should not work that way here. Or do you deny that there are possibly qualified (ie capable of presenting finacial services or other businesses in a positive light) Caymanians available for many positions? – in which case we have a much bigger problem.

    If I am understanding you, how do you propose a peaceful and welcoming society can exist in your alternate universe, where qualified and capable locals are routinely overlooked in favour of over-qualified foreigners?

    In my universe it encourages local people to become untrustful and unwelcoming to outsiders, but perhaps I need to drink some kool-aid and I will see clearly from my place under a coconut tree.

  17. Firery, it’s not very often that you and I agree on a topic but with regards to temp agencies we certainly do. I had to go that way too when I was a much younger man and I know they are a trap. Sometimes you have to get radical to get out.

    My experience with Cayman agencies is limited. I was a divemaster, not a legal secretary, but when we last lived on the island we had a tenant who was a British legal secretary with a temp agency contract. She was used to that sort of thing because it’s pretty normal that firms everywhere are trying to keep costs down, and it was always her complaint that her friends couldn’t get work permits.

    She had her work permit because she was in a social arrangement with an established Caymanian man who regularly went to church on Sunday with his wife. Hypocrisy on Cayman does not end with work permits or drug legislation.

  18. She had her work permit because she was in a social arrangement with an established Caymanian man who regularly went to church on Sunday with his wife. Hypocrisy on Cayman does not end with work permits or drug legislation.


    You have me cracking up with that last statement.

    Those type of social arrangements are normal in Cayman. LOL!

    Now this very much represents the Cayman that I know and am well familiar with.

    The laws and rules on the books say one thing but in reality, quite something else happens, based on who you are and who your friends are.

    We have to admit that some element of this works the world over, but when it defines the entire way a country operates, then you end up with Cayman’s current ptoblems.

    My grandmother, and most other people’s grandmothers, drummed into us that ‘honesty is always the best policy’ but as we grow older we realise that the world does not operate that way entirely but some effort to abide by this rule is generally expected else we all might end up in jail for acts of dishonesty that has passed the line of acceptance.

    We are never all going to be perfectly honest people over the span of our lifetime and expect to surive in today’s world, with the system as it is but…

    When insitutionalised dishonesty becomes the accepted norm for an entire country, as it has for Cayman, the results are going to be disastrous.

    I simply got tired of living and juggling an existence in such an environment and the fruits of this culture is now proving a bitter one to eat for the residents of Cayman.

  19. how can you terminate someones contract if they have not even been charged with an offence, let alone found guilty? sounds like a tribunal case awaits….

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