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In what was noted as not only an emotional, but equally significant moment, five Cayman-based attorneys ascended to the honoured position of Queen's Counsels on Friday in a special ceremony at Grand Court.
An internal investigation into the Judicial Administration has revealed “weaknesses”, said Chief Justice Anthony Smellie, regarding conflicting accounts on the delayed publication of documents surrounding an impending judicial review of Governor Martyn Roper's use of his emergency powers.
The backlog of court cases in the Cayman Islands has led to scores of innocent people being locked away with no trial date in sight, according to defence attorney Jonathon Hughes.
Cayman’s courts continue to be plagued by a backlog of cases and a lack of courtrooms, which is now jeopardising the rights of many defendants to have their cases heard in a prompt and timely manner, Chief Justice Anthony Smellie said at Wednesday's official opening of Grand Court.
Social distancing and public-health measures have forced most institutions to re-evaluate community interactions and access. For the Cayman Islands courts system, that has meant an expansion of digital proceedings, with defendants, lawyers and judges often communicating over Zoom video calls, rather than face to face.
A look at how the courts deal with breaches of curfew.
Constitution Hall, formerly the Town Hall in George Town, will be transformed into a courtroom from Tuesday, as magistrates prepare to hear hundreds of hard-curfew breach cases.
Government’s 5% rise in cost of living for civil servants has taken a toll on the judiciary’s budget and its plans for staffing increases.
Divorces continued to keep Family Court busy last year, with 297 new proceedings initiated.
Discussions are set to resume on the introduction of an electronic ticketing system through which tickets can be filed directly with the court upon issuance and traffic offenders can instantly pay their fines rather than having to head to the courts.
The Cayman Islands anti-money laundering and terrorist financing regime underwent significant changes in 2019 and Attorney General Samuel Bulgin has said it will continue this year.
Chief Justice Anthony Smellie said the struggle continues for courtroom space as he addressed the formal opening of Grand Court.
Chief Justice Anthony Smellie grants Cruise Port Referendum Cayman member Shirley Roulstone a protective costs order. It shields her from paying government's legal costs should her action over the vote on the port project fail in the court.
Legislator Ezzard Miller urges church leaders to consider alternatives to their hardline position on same-sex marriages.
Premier Alden McLaughlin suggested that action on the same-sex marriage issue will take place until early 2020.
Yes — in the realm of international finance, offshore centers such as Cayman “compete” to host blockbuster civil trials that could, legally speaking, take place in any number of jurisdictions.
Six attorneys in the Cayman Islands have been appointed as Queen’s Counsel. Appointees include the first local criminal bar member, Benjamin Tonner, to be named to the position, according to a press release from the Cayman Islands Judicial Administration.
The adult son of Cayman’s chief justice admitted recently to drug trafficking charges in a court in Jamaica, according to news sources in Kingston.
The immigration story that appears on the front page of today’s Cayman Compass is one of triumph and despair.
With the goal of maintaining a high level of professionalism through continued training, development and education of judges and magistrates, Chief Justice Anthony Smellie last week announced the formation of the Judicial Education Committee.
If there are two problems for which Royal Cayman Islands Police Commissioner David Baines could be held responsible — it’s clogging up our country’s courtrooms and Her Majesty’s Prison at Northward.
Senior Crown Counsel Suzanne Bothwell will take over as the court administrator, in charge of management and administration of court operations, Deputy Governor Franz Manderson announced this week.
One of the founding judges of the Financial Services Division of the Grand Court has retired. A farewell ceremony, hosted by Governor Helen Kilpatrick, was held late last month for Justice Angus Foster.
Police Auxiliary Constable Curtis Ebanks was publicly thanked in Grand Court on Friday for his assistance with a case that had been going on for over three years, but has now been discontinued.