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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.
I have read with a heavy heart your unjust and unfair headed ‘Lack of performance measures hampers assessment’ on page 2 of the...
This week the public finally has been made privy to some basic details about the long-promised launch of digital court records.
Today's editorial cartoon
Today's editorial cartoon
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.
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.
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.
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.
These fixtures were necessary not only in fulfillment of the law but also in the best interest of both respondent and the petitioning creditor.
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.
The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service does not need any more officers to be effective, Acting Police Commissioner Anthony Ennis said last week.
The immigration story that appears on the front page of today’s Cayman Compass is one of triumph and despair.
Judges are only human, just like the rest of us. Some are great; many are good; and some have considerable room for improvement.
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.
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.
A man released from prison three years ago after serving 24 years for murder was sentenced Monday to four years’ imprisonment for two burglaries.
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.
The Progressives government’s real immigration policy is to have zero immigration.
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 was refused for a teenager who appeared in Summary Court on Wednesday, charged with possession of an unlicensed firearm.
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.
Mark Charles Bodden was sentenced in Grand Court on Tuesday to 16 months’ imprisonment after pleading guilty to two counts of defilement.
An employee of Progressive Distributors Ltd. was sentenced on Wednesday to four years in prison for theft of $448,447 from the company.
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.
A driver was sentenced on Tuesday to 10 months’ imprisonment after pleading guilty to causing death by careless driving.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Canadian nationals were remanded in custody after appearing in Summary Court on Monday for the charge of conspiracy to defraud.
A request for water, cigarettes and dollars led to charges of burglary and assault, Magistrate Valdis Foldats heard on Friday.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A tourist from Arizona was fined $1,250 Thursday after pleading guilty to five charges of importing controlled drugs.
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.
With about a year-and-a-half to go until the 2017 elections, the ground is once again trembling beneath Cayman’s elected government.
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.
A two-man team from Public Works untangled hardware to keep Cayman's flag flying outside the Law Courts Building.
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.
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.
Both Cayman's premier and opposition leader got litigious over the 2013 general election during 2015.
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.
A look back at editorials on immigration unemployment in 2015.
The Drug Rehabilitation Court and informal mental health court use a team approach to work with defendants even over the holidays.
Sir John Chadwick is retiring as president of the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal after seven years.
Issues regarding the employment of Caymanian attorneys come before the Grand Court.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Legends Tennis returns in the new year with six former world-class players competing, the biggest name being Anna Kournikova.
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 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.
In the Nov. 10, 1965 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a predecessor of the Cayman Compass, Bodden Town correspondent Arthur Hunter wrote:
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.
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.
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.
A number of government agencies have missed out on the collection of tens of millions of dollars.
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 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.
An off-duty Royal Cayman Islands Police officer was injured following a vehicle collision in Lower Valley Wednesday night.
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.
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.
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.
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.