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Public Accounts Committee looks at court administration

The Public Accounts Committee heard on Monday from Deputy Governor Franz Manderson, as head of the civil service, about ways to improve the administration of the courts.

Cayman’s courts among best in the world

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EDITORIAL: At long last – an update about electronic records

This week the public finally has been made privy to some basic details about the long-promised launch of digital court records.

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EDITORIAL – For the record: The cost of obtaining public court documents

The Compass does not usually engage in “checkbook journalism,” but this week we were forced to pay cash for a story – not to a source looking for a quick payday, but to the Cayman Islands government. Here's what happened.

EDITORIAL – When authorities ‘surrender’ to lawbreakers

It is beyond any measure of acceptability that our justice system simply admits its own impotence (and/or incompetence) and “surrenders” in the face of such blatant lawlessness and civil provocations.

Weekend Mail Call: ‘Catfight’ on the Sister Islands

The Compass editorial “Catfight on the sister Islands” had readers talking this week, as animal advocates took to the courts to halt government’s plan to cull booming feral cat populations.

EDITORIAL — A favorable verdict on Cayman’s courts

Without sounding too pontifical about it, one of Cayman’s great strengths is the stature, stability and competence of our judiciary. Trust in our court system, both civil and criminal, is an essential ingredient in the allure of these islands to investors, visitors, residents – indeed to all of us.
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Court administrator weighs in on Hewitt bankruptcy story

These fixtures were necessary not only in fulfillment of the law but also in the best interest of both respondent and the petitioning creditor.

Man jailed for North Side knife attack

A 23-year-old man who slashed an unarmed rival with a knife in a “potentially deadly” attack following a dominoes game in a North Side yard has been jailed for three years and eight months.

Commissioner: We do not need more police

The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service does not need any more officers to be effective, Acting Police Commissioner Anthony Ennis said last week.

EDITORIAL – Government’s contempt for PR applications

The immigration story that appears on the front page of today’s Cayman Compass is one of triumph and despair.

EDITORIAL: Judges wear wigs — not halos

Judges are only human, just like the rest of us. Some are great; many are good; and some have considerable room for improvement.

Chiropractor released on bail

A George Town chiropractor accused of 10 counts of indecent assault on female patients was released on bail after appearing in Summary Court on Thursday morning.

Father jailed for cutting daughter’s face

Herby McLean Ebanks, 67, was sentenced last week to 18 months in prison after a jury found him guilty of cutting his adult daughter’s face, leaving her with a permanent scar.

Released murder convict back in jail for burglary offenses

A man released from prison three years ago after serving 24 years for murder was sentenced Monday to four years’ imprisonment for two burglaries.

Eight years for unprovoked knife attack

Mark Anthony Seymour, 31, was sentenced last week to eight years’ imprisonment after a jury unanimously found him guilty of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

EDITORIAL – Absolute Zero: PR applications put in deep freeze

The Progressives government’s real immigration policy is to have zero immigration.

Jury hears woman stole $2 million from elderly man

Statements from an elderly wealthy Australian man from whom Michelle Bouchard is accused of stealing more than $2 million were read to the jury in the woman’s trial Wednesday.

Bail refused for teen on gun charge

Bail was refused for a teenager who appeared in Summary Court on Wednesday, charged with possession of an unlicensed firearm.

Inquest held in 2014 death of fisherman

A coroner’s jury this week returned a verdict of misadventure in the death of a fisherman who died while snorkeling off West Bay on Sept. 27, 2014. The jury heard evidence on Monday concerning the death of George Bernice (Burnis) Ebanks.

Man jailed 16 months for defilement

Mark Charles Bodden was sentenced in Grand Court on Tuesday to 16 months’ imprisonment after pleading guilty to two counts of defilement.

Woman gets four years for theft

An employee of Progressive Distributors Ltd. was sentenced on Wednesday to four years in prison for theft of $448,447 from the company.

Credit card fraudsters attempted almost 400 ATM withdrawals

Five people who conspired to defraud local banks attempted to use cloned credit cards almost 400 times within a four-day period, Crown counsel Toyin Salako said in Grand Court on Tuesday.

10 months for causing road death

A driver was sentenced on Tuesday to 10 months’ imprisonment after pleading guilty to causing death by careless driving.
The scene of February 2014's murder-suicide in Bodden Town. Photo: Brent Fuller

Coroner’s jury deliver unlawful killing, suicide verdicts in couple’s deaths

A coroner’s jury in the inquest into the deaths of Nichelle Anna-Kay Thomas and Devon Roy Campbell on Friday found Ms. Thomas was unlawfully killed and died of multiple chop wounds, while her boyfriend Mr. Campbell committed suicide by hanging himself.

Inquest: Neighbors offered shelter to abused woman

A young woman described as being abused by her boyfriend was given shelter by neighbors the month before she was killed, a coroner’s jury heard this week.

My throat was slashed,’ witness tells Grand Court

A man appeared in Grand Court Tuesday charged with the attempted murder of Blake Christopher Barrell, whose throat was slashed during an incident in downtown George Town on June 16 last year.
The scene of February 2014's murder-suicide in Bodden Town. Photo: Brent Fuller

Inquest: Police officers tell of domestic incident calls to couple’s home

A coroner’s jury in the inquest into the deaths of Nichelle Anna-Kay Thomas and Devon Roy Campbell heard from three police officers who had responded to calls to the couple’s home on separate occasions.

Women remanded for immigration scam

Two women are scheduled to be sentenced on March 8 for their roles in an immigration scam that led people to hand over $2,500 each in the belief that they would be granted permanent residence.

Man pleads not guilty to Rum Point robbery

David McLaughin-Martinez pleaded not guilty on Friday to charges arising from a robbery on Jan. 11 at a home on Rum Point Drive in North Side.

Two in custody for conspiracy to defraud

Two Canadian nationals were remanded in custody after appearing in Summary Court on Monday for the charge of conspiracy to defraud.

Water request leads to charges

A request for water, cigarettes and dollars led to charges of burglary and assault, Magistrate Valdis Foldats heard on Friday.

New court administrator appointed

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.

Murder trial delayed until April

The trial of Justin D’Angelo Ramoon and Osbourne Wilfred Douglas, charged with murdering Jason Charles Powery, has been re-listed for Monday, April 18.

Murder trial adjourned: Defense raises point of law

The trial of Justin D’Angelo Ramoon and Osbourne Wilfred Douglas on a charge of murder has been adjourned. They are charged with the murder of Jason Charles Powery, which occurred on the night of Wednesday, July 1, 2015 in George Town. He was 20 at the time and a resident of West Bay.

Auxiliary constable commended by court

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.

Tourist brought in drugs without prescription

A tourist from Arizona was fined $1,250 Thursday after pleading guilty to five charges of importing controlled drugs.

New courthouse closer to reality

Chief Justice Anthony Smellie announced on Wednesday the specific steps that have been taken to make a new courthouse a reality. He was speaking at the formal opening of Grand Court for 2016 after a ceremonial inspection of a police guard of honor outdoors.

The shifting sands beneath the government’s feet

With about a year-and-a-half to go until the 2017 elections, the ground is once again trembling beneath Cayman’s elected government.

Legislation contemplates ‘conditional fee’ lawsuits

Providing poorer Cayman Islands residents access to the courts and just compensation in civil litigation is listed as a major concern in the Law Reform Commission’s draft proposal to allow conditional fee or contingent fee lawsuits in the territory.

Courthouse flagpole fixed

A two-man team from Public Works untangled hardware to keep Cayman's flag flying outside the Law Courts Building.

Extradition approved for Romanian fugitive

The founder of the Romanian police’s secret service will be sent back to his home country to face jail time for corruption, a court in the Cayman Islands ruled this week.

Top stories of 2015: The year of the report

The theme for government in 2015 may well have been “The Year of the Report.” Ministers and civil servants have been going through a yearlong review of the EY Report, which calls for numerous government reforms.
  

Top stories of 2015: Bush, McLaughlin take legal action

Both Cayman's premier and opposition leader got litigious over the 2013 general election during 2015.

Top stories of 2015: Caledonian bank bankrupt and in liquidation after SEC files lawsuit

After more than 44 years in business, Cayman bank Caledonian went into bankruptcy in February, just days after the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filed a law suit against the bank.

Editorial year in review: Immigration and employment

A look back at editorials on immigration unemployment in 2015.

Drug addiction does not take a holiday

The Drug Rehabilitation Court and informal mental health court use a team approach to work with defendants even over the holidays.

Court of Appeal president retires

Sir John Chadwick is retiring as president of the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal after seven years.

Five foreign attorneys refused admission in AHAB litigation

Issues regarding the employment of Caymanian attorneys come before the Grand Court.

SEC proposes $0 Caledonian settlement

The liquidators of Caledonian have informed creditors that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has internally approved a settlement that involves no payment by Caledonian Bank and Caledonian Securities.

Professor: Same-sex unions legislation 'inevitable' in Cayman

When human rights professor Robert Wintemute visited the Cayman Islands in January to deliver a critique of the islands’ “out of date” laws on rights for homosexuals, he hoped to start a conversation.

Murder trials, other trial dates set in 2016

A trial date for a woman charged with the murder of her daughter and another trial date for two men charged with a murder in George Town in July are among those set for the coming year.

Wrecked drug facility lies empty

A facility for recovering drug addicts will take a million to half a million dollars with donations and support to get it up and running again.

Gay rights battle paralleled in Bermuda

A landmark ruling in the Supreme Court of Bermuda giving same-sex couples equal rights on immigration and employment issues has been cited as further evidence that the Cayman Islands needs to modernize its own laws.

Retrial for child's murder under way

The Crown is expected to open its case on Tuesday against Devon Anglin, who is accused of murdering 4-year-old Jeremiah Barnes on Feb. 15, 2010 at the Hell service station in West Bay.

Kournikova tops Legends lineup

Legends Tennis returns in the new year with six former world-class players competing, the biggest name being Anna Kournikova.

Seized food auctioned off outside courthouse

Saturday morning’s Judicial Administration auction in the courthouse parking lot, disposing of a shipping container full of dry and frozen foods, started a little late, but the attending bailiffs anticipated a resounding success.

Security concern delays murder appeal

Security concerns prompted the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal to adjourn hearing arguments on Thursday on behalf of Brian Emmanuel Borden, who is appealing his conviction for murder and his sentence of life imprisonment.

50 years ago: Appeal for Bodden Town police station

In the Nov. 10, 1965 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a predecessor of the Cayman Compass, Bodden Town correspondent Arthur Hunter wrote:

Aces loved Cayman's ITF debut

Tennis history was made in the Cayman Islands last week when the first International Tennis Federation tournament was held here, at the club courts in South Sound – and the whole event was very successful, despite heavy rains disrupting the schedule at the start.

Veteran court officer retires

Members of the judiciary and court staff held a surprise farewell ceremony on Oct. 29 for Ermyn Berry, who spent the last 27 years at the Law Courts Building in downtown George Town.

Crime prevention program up against funding crisis

There’s an audible intake of breath as officer Anthony Stewart pulls out the black replica pistol. If he did not have the class’s attention before, he does now.

Health Services fails to collect $120 million since 2005

A number of government agencies have missed out on the collection of tens of millions of dollars.

EY Report update: Few job cuts, less outsourcing in gov’t plan

Although proposals will initially lead to few job losses and no outsourcing of functions to the private sector, the Cayman Islands government announced Monday that it would seek to move forward with a total of 51 recommendations derived from a 2014 consultant report.

Cayman judge elected VP of international group

Cayman Islands Judge Richard Williams has been elected for the second time as vice president of the Caribbean Region of the Commonwealth Magistrates and Judges Association.

Police briefs

An off-duty Royal Cayman Islands Police officer was injured following a vehicle collision in Lower Valley Wednesday night.

Legal aid reform bill approved

Changes to Cayman’s legal aid system, which have been debated for more than a decade, were approved by a majority of Legislative Assembly members Wednesday amid concerns that the government was blurring lines of separation between elected politicians and the judiciary.

New system impacts court cases

A system of “case management” has been introduced in the Summary Court as a way to move criminal cases through the court process with reduced delays and improved efficiency.

Legal ganja no cash crop for Cayman

New legalized marijuana retailers in the United States, and the potential legal consequences for the Cayman Islands financial services industry, provide a ready reminder of our islands’ interconnectedness with the wider world.

Busy week of bills for lawmakers

The Cayman Islands Legislative Assembly is set to be inundated this week with bills seeking massive change to the country’s business culture and its political election system.

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