The Cayman Islands courts will begin offering a new judicial clerkship program for articled clerks with local law firms from next week.
The program will count toward the clerks’ legal training requirements, according to Chief Justice Anthony Smellie.
Mr. Smellie said in a press release that the program had been developed by the Judicial Education Committee, the Caymanian Bar Association and local law firms. It was approved by the Legal Advisory Council, the statutory body that has oversight of legal professional education, following an amendment to Legal Practitioners (Students) Regulations by Cabinet.
The program coordinators are Neil Timms, QC, Justice Ingrid Mangatal and Justice Richard Williams, the chief justice said.
“I am delighted that we are able to provide a concentrated educational programme within the courts system for our locally articled, newly qualified lawyers. They will get a good grasp of the complex functions our courts and judges perform and will additionally be able to participate in them,” Chief Justice Smellie said in the release.
“This Judicial Clerkship will count towards legal training requirements and the 18 months of Articles, so long as the supervising Judge and/or Magistrate certifies that the training was completed satisfactorily.”
The judicial clerks will sit with judges and magistrates for a total of one month, in weekly rotation among them, Mr. Timms said. This way, each clerk will learn from four different judges and magistrates, he explained.
During this time, the clerk will sit on cases in the Summary Court and various divisions of the Grand Court.
Mr. Timms called for applications for places to be sent to the Caymanian Bar Association for the program, which starts on Tuesday, July 4. Justice Mangatal noted that the program aims to provide an in-depth look at the courts’ work during a participant’s articles. Areas covered will include opportunities for applying and improving legal skills, case presentation and judicial decision-making processes, she added.
For more information, visit the Caymanian Bar Association website at www.caymanbar.org.ky.