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From homelessness and addiction to academic success

After years of drug and alcohol abuse, Kattina Anglin is living a reformed life and has earned her law degree.

EDITORIAL: The power of Cayman and Brexit: Who knew?

There is much about the Cayman Islands we consider “world-class” – our beautiful beaches, peerless hospitality, our many contributions to the global economy …...

Defending the Legal Practitioners Bill

Too many individuals who should know better (both politicians and lawyers) are peddling fantasies about the policy behind, and the effect of, the reform of the Legal Practitioners Law. May I deal with some of them?
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Lindsay: The right to be Caymanian, and losing it

Maintaining your status as a Caymanian means that you are at the top of the list under the Law for prospective employers to consider for job opportunities.

Chief justice establishes education committee

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.

Cayman law still prohibits insult to ‘foreign princes’

A situation involving a German television comic who faces potential prosecution for “insulting” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a recent satirical presentation has led to revelations of a little-known Cayman law prohibiting the defamation of foreign leaders.

Convicted killers to get new hearings

All 15 murderers currently serving life without parole at Grand Cayman’s Northward Prison will find out within the next two years when they can be considered for release.

New prisoner release law takes effect

A new system governing prison sentences in the Cayman Islands comes into effect Monday, replacing the former sentencing and parole guidelines. The changes were expected to take effect earlier this month, but were pushed back two weeks until Feb. 15.

50 Years ago: A notable legal first

In the Feb. 9, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, the court reporter wrote: “On Jan. 28 before Judge J.S. Kerr of Jamaica, Mr. E. Hedley Conolly was charged with criminal libel in that in Sept. last year he personally delivered, at the office of Dr. Charles Broadbent, a letter alleged to contain a scurrilous libel against the said Dr. Broadbent, which was likely to cause a breach of the peace."

Two new attorneys called to the Bar

Cayman has two new attorneys after Caymanian civil servant Gavin Blake Dixon and former U.K. lawyer Oliver Edward Goodwin were called to the Bar...

Drafting legislation in plain language

It was refreshing to read in the Compass of Jan. 14 that a lawyer no less distinguished than Abraham Thoppil, Chairperson of the Cayman...

CarePay to solve all our problems, Watson tells court

Details of private discussions regarding the CarePay hospital patient swipe-card contract that took place between Aug. 11-12, 2010 – four months before the US$13 million contract was agreed by government – were reviewed in Canover Watson’s criminal trial Thursday.

Longtime police superintendent leaves to seek law articles

The highest-ranking female officer in the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service has been granted a leave of absence to pursue an articled clerkship at a local law firm.

Succession plan puts Caymanian director at 911

Julian Lewis will take over next month as head of the Cayman Islands 911 Emergency Communications Centre after being named to the position Wednesday by the Ministry of Home Affairs.

‘Tree of life’ planted in memory of Andrew Guthrie

Friends and colleagues of the late Andrew Lee Guthrie gathered at the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park on Saturday to celebrate his life and observe the blessing of a tree planted in his memory.

CarePay trial: Webb hid CarePay profits from ex-wife, says Defense

Caymanian businessman Jeffrey Webb tried to cover his involvement in the company that won the Health Services Authority’s patient swipe-card contract because he was trying to hide his profits from his former wife during divorce proceedings, defense attorneys in the CarePay trial alleged.

Law firm staff help raise $10,000 for local charities

Employees at Conyers, Dill and Pearman have donated $10,000 to charity through the law firm’s employee of the quarter program.

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.

50 years ago: A career move applauded and happy homecomings

In the Jan. 5, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Brac correspondent Lilian Ritch wrote:

Voter numbers continue to decline

The number of registered voters in Cayman has continued to decline since the general elections in May 2013.

Cayman business in brief

JTC Cayman completes GAM acquisition; Tickets to be issued for business licensing offenses; Digicel makes Crisis Centre donation; Elian adds to commercial team; Corporate lawyer joins Carey Olsen

Survey: FATCA negatively affects Americans living overseas

Americans living abroad feel that the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act negatively impacts their professional lives and that compliance with the related tax reporting requirements is overly burdensome, a survey by Americans Abroad Global Foundation and the University of Nevada has found.

Liquor board: Shaken, stirred, freshened up

The entertainment industry is too vital a part of Cayman’s economy to become a playing field for political football.

Family fun at the Botanic Park

The Botanic Park is holding a family fun day on Jan. 24.

Longtime liquor licensing chairman replaced in board shake-up

A new Liquor Licensing Board is ushered in, along with a new regime for local liquor-related businesses.

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.

50 years ago: Annual garden party draws crowds

The annual New Year's Day garden party attracted a large Bodden Town crowd as usual.

Bid to buy private hospital under way

A business is attempting to solicit Caymanian investors for a project to buy and run the Chrissie Tomlinson Memorial Hospital.

Central Mangrove Wetland is Cayman’s heart and lungs

The district of Bodden Town is home to the Central Mangrove Wetland, considered by some to be the ecological heart of Grand Cayman, home to a wide range of animals, birds and aquatic life.

Penalty flag: Putting a price on patriotism

In the Cayman Islands, patriotism doesn’t come free of charge. According to our government, the cost can range up to $5,000 per display.

50 Years ago: Golden wedding anniversary celebrations

In the Jan. 5, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, under the headline, “Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Foster celebrate Golden Wedding Anniversary,” Cayman Brac correspondent Lilian Ritch wrote:

Brac hotel owners told to clean up site

The owners of the Divi Tiara Beach Resort on Cayman Brac have been served with an enforcement order requiring them to demolish dilapidated buildings and clean up the site. The hotel, vacant for almost a decade, has become an eyesore on the island, and planning officials are concerned that the site is unsafe.

Cayman business in brief

Checklist clarifies licensing requirements; Harneys starts 2016 with three new partners

Cayman Brac’s oldest resident laid to rest

Myrtle Jane Brown, Cayman Brac’s oldest resident, passed away on Dec. 15, 2015. She was 101.

Collas Crill & CARD becomes Collas Crill

One year after the merger of law firms Collas Crill and Charles Adams Ritchie & Duckworth, the firm’s Cayman office has formally changed its name to Collas Crill.

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.

Management buyout of Appleby Fiduciary Business completed

Appleby Fiduciary Business confirmed the completion of the management buyout from Appleby Group by private equity firm Bridgepoint on Dec. 31, 2015.

New labor and pensions director named

A former pensions inspector, police officer and immigration officer has been named to head the Department of Labour and Pensions, succeeding former director Mario Ebanks.

Penalty fees for late tobacco registration renewals

The Department of Commerce and Investment has reminded all tobacco dealers that according to the Tobacco Law, late applications for the registration of certificate renewals will result in a penalty fee.

Summer takeoff set for new British Airways jets

British Airways will start flying its newer Boeing 777-200 jets into Grand Cayman from July.

Premier’s New Year’s message 2016

Fellow Caymanians, residents and guests; Happy New Year.

Premier Alden McLaughlin: Suckoo, Eden departures ‘unfortunate’

Premier Alden McLaughlin has described as “unfortunate” the defection of a second backbench legislator to the opposition benches.

Television shows dropped as copyright law looms

Television station Cayman 27 has announced significant, immediate changes to its prime time programming in an effort to comply with new copyright and intellectual property laws expected this year.

A month-by-month roundup of Cayman’s 2015 news stories

Top stories of 2015 in the Cayman Islands

Top stories of 2015: CarePay contract trial gets under way

Cayman ended 2015 with a major corruption trial involving healthcare contracts and allegations against some prominent Caymanian businesspeople.

Courthouse flagpole fixed

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

Top stories of 2015: One man, one vote approved

The approval of 'one man, one vote' in 2015 marked a "sea change" in Cayman Islands politics.

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.

Be smart: Stay safe, drive sober

Even though we have no ice or snow on our roads, winter is the most treacherous time of year to be driving in the Cayman Islands. The culprit responsible for the heightened danger on our streets isn’t Mother Nature, but alcohol consumption, carelessness and risk-taking.

Cayman's top sporting events draw enthusiastic crowds

A look at some of Cayman's most popular sporting events of 2015.

Editorial year in review: Immigration and employment

A look back at editorials on immigration unemployment in 2015.

Fireworks legal, but regulated

Planning to set off fireworks this holiday season? Check the laws first.

Top stories of 2015: Lawmaker's motion against same-sex unions sparks debate

A speech on the topic of same-sex unions made in the Legislative Assembly in August, sparked a months-long and still ongoing debate that pitted members of the Cayman Islands government against those advocating for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.

Exhibition explores Christmas in Bodden Town

The Bodden Town Heritage Committee was hard at work conjuring up old-time holiday memories and cheer, spiced with a dash of modern day traditions, at its annual Christmas exhibition at the James Manoah Bodden Town Civic Centre.

Cayman gas prices drop below $4 per gallon

Per gallon prices for regular, unleaded gasoline fell below $4 per gallon this week at some George Town petrol stations.

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.

New trade and business licensing law comes into effect

The new Trade and Business Licensing Law which aims to improve compliance with licensing rules will come into force on Jan. 1, 2016.

A decade after Ivan, property deal finalized

The site of the Mariner’s Cove condominium complex, demolished during Hurricane Ivan, has finally been sold, more than 11 years after the storm.

Cayman business in brief

Record year for Cayman Captive Forum; C and W Business named company of the year; LDM Global appoints director for the Caribbean; Students receive $4,100 scholarship grant

Court orders repayment of Weavering redemptions

The Grand Court of the Cayman Islands has ordered that redemption payments to an investor of the failed Weavering Macro Fixed Income Fund made before the fund’s liquidation have to be repaid.

Gambling, Liquor Law changes come into effect in new year

Cruise ship passengers still will not be able to gamble within Cayman Islands territorial waters next year, but gambling will be allowed on ships flying the Cayman Islands flag for the first time.

Government proposes new company form

Government has published a bill to create for the first time limited liability companies in the Cayman Islands.

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.

CarePay trial: Testimony reveals little scrutiny for US$13M contract

The former chairman of the Cayman Islands National Insurance Company told a Grand Court jury Friday that he “scanned over” a copy of the US$13-million contract for the CarePay patient swipe-card system less than 24 hours prior to signing it in December 2010.

HSM law firm supports Elisabeth Bise's toy drive

HSM law firm hosted Santa’s sleigh in support of Elisabeth Bise’s 25 Days of Christmas Toy Drive. Staff and friends were invited to help fill the sleigh with gifts that the Children and Family Services Department will deliver to families in need. 

Fees deny 20-year resident Caymanian status

Nearly $50,000 in purported outstanding immigration-related fees have so far prevented a Cayman resident from obtaining the right to be Caymanian under the Cayman Islands Immigration Law, according to court records made public last week.

World records: Cayman's open data flaws

Typically, a letter grade of "C" means "average." But when it puts your country on par with the likes of Pakistan and Russia, what it really means is "unsatisfactory."

From the National Conservation Council

National Conservation Council responds to Compass editorial.

CarePay trial: 'No way' ministry could pay contract, says witness

A government financial manager refused to authorize a US$1.2 million payment for the proposed expansion of the CarePay patient swipe-card contract, even though his superiors at the Ministry of Health had already green-lighted the payment, jurors in the criminal trial of Canover Watson heard Tuesday.

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.

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