Cayman’s push to computerize its court records will not be completed this year.
The Cayman Islands court system originally intended to digitize its court records in September 2017, and all existing public registers were intended to be online by the end of that year, but that did not happen.
Clerk of Courts Shiona Allenger said Wednesday that process also will not be finished this year.
“We are in the process of installing our Court Search platform; however, we are not be in a position to provide a launch date until all internal processes have been tested and are functioning for public use,” said Ms. Allenger. “We do hope to have this suite available to the public in 2019.”
The issue came up in 2017 because of a brief dispute about which court records were available to the public and which methods were permissible to copy or publish them. The court indicated it was concerned about online publications making a profit by publishing the details of court records, and it maintained that wholesale reproduction of records amounted to a violation of Crown copyright.
Last December, the court system announced that it had made progress in digitizing its records and that online registries were expected to be in place by January 2018. Court administrator Suzanne Bothwell told the Cayman Compass in February that the court’s web designers were in the final stages of uploading all court registers, but an updated timeline to finish the job was never shared with the public.
At that point, Ms. Bothwell said that all public records going back five years would be available as part of the online registry, but further efforts to clarify which documents would be online were fruitless.
Ms. Allenger said in May that the court’s site for online records was under construction, but that she could not further elaborate on a potential timeline for the project to come to be completed.