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The Grand Court’s financial services division is keeping an increasing number of court records from the public, according to a report published this week by OffshoreAlert, a financial services website that publishes Cayman- and other offshore-related court records.
Following a nebulous period of about two months when it appeared the Cayman Islands court system had tightened restrictions on public access to local court records, it now seems officials may be preparing to make those records freely available online.
The owner of Offshore Alert, David Marchant, used his annual conference in Miami on Monday to criticize Cayman’s Chief Justice Anthony Smellie over a change in court policy that restricted the photocopying of public records.
The domestic dispute over the Cayman Islands court system’s new restrictions on photocopying public records has ballooned into a potential international incident.
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.
An apparent change in policy is making it more difficult for people to access Cayman Islands court documents. A sign posted on the third floor of Kirk House informs visitors that they are allowed to access court records but not permitted to make any copies of the documents.