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EDITORIAL: Support the court — Build the building

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.

Chief Justice: Urgent need for more courtrooms

With 674 Summary Court cases carried over into this year from 2017, and a Grand Court civil case in which the parties paid to rent a hotel conference room to serve as a courtroom, the need for more court space is more urgent than ever, Chief Justice Anthony Smellie said on Wednesday at the opening of the Grand Court for 2018.

Cayman court records dispute enters international spotlight

The domestic dispute over the Cayman Islands court system’s new restrictions on photocopying public records has ballooned into a potential international incident.

EDITORIAL – Reputational alert: Cayman’s court secrecy on international stage

Following the recent foolish, if not foolhardy, restrictions on access to local court records, a tidal wave of negative public relations is heading for the Cayman Islands. Our treasured financial services sector could get soaked.

Court disqualifies 2nd election candidate

Cayman Brac independent candidate Nickolas DaCosta is barred from standing in the May 24 general elections because he has U.S. citizenship, obtained through family ties rather than by birth, Chief Justice Anthony Smellie ruled Wednesday.

Chief Justice praises separation of powers

Chief Justice Anthony Smellie highlighted Cayman’s strides in separating government powers during a gala to honor the visiting chief justice of England and Wales.Roger John Laugharne Thomas, Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, visited the Cayman Islands in early March.

Highest ranking British judge to visit Cayman

The Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales will speak at the main court building in Grand Cayman this week. Roger John Laugharne Thomas, Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, QC, will speak at 4 p.m. March 2 on “Giving Business What it Wants – a Well Run Court for Commercial and Business Disputes.”

Chief justice: ‘Ritch Report’ must remain confidential

Efforts to produce a public copy of a $312,000 immigration consultancy report were halted this week by a decision from Cayman Chief Justice Anthony Smellie. The consultancy review examined various aspects of the Cayman Islands system of granting residency rights to non-Caymanians.

Official opening of Grand Court

Chief Justice Anthony Smellie inspects the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service guard of honor outside the courthouse Wednesday as part of the official Grand Court opening ceremony.

Legal heavyweights back controversial bill

Senior members of the legal profession urged the passage of the controversial Legal Practitioners Bill during the formal opening of court for 2017 on Wednesday.

Back to drawing board for new court plan

Three proposals for new facilities to meet the pressing demand for new court space in the Cayman Islands were dismissed as unaffordable, Chief Justice Anthony Smellie revealed Wednesday.

FOI Commissioner turns to court to obtain ‘Ritch Report’

The Cayman Islands Information Commissioner’s Office can now be added to the list of those taking legal action against government over various issues related to the granting of permanent resident status.

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