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New magistrate appointed to Summary Court

Vanessa Allard is the latest magistrate to be appointed to the Summary Court, after serving in an acting role since June 2020.

Year in review: Cayman’s courts

A look back at Cayman's courts in 2020, from constitutional debates to extradition hearings to quarantine breaches.

Demonstrators gather to protest against Speaker Bush

Dozens of demonstrators gathered at Heroes Square Friday to rally for the removal of McKeeva Bush from the Speaker's chair after he pleaded guilty to two counts of common assault and one count of disorderly conduct.

Newball enters mixed pleas to drug and assault charges

Simon Julio Newball, of George Town, entered mixed pleas to a string of assault and drug charges, before the Summary Court on Wednesday, 26 Aug.

Speaker Bush pleads not guilty to assault charges

The assault charges allege that Bush grabbed the woman by her hair and hit her in the head as well as threw bus tubs at her.

Newball remanded into custody

The 44-year-old George Town man was on the run for nearly a month and is accused of pepper-spraying police officers.
Cayman’s courts have ramped up their emergency contingency plan to counter COVID-19 issues.

Court heightens COVID-19 prevention measures

Cayman’s courts have ramped up their emergency contingency plan to meet additional problems presented by COVID-19.

Push for e-tickets for traffic offences

Discussions are set to resume on the introduction of an electronic ticketing system through which tickets can be filed directly with the court upon issuance and traffic offenders can instantly pay their fines rather than having to head to the courts.

Cayman’s courts among best in the world

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Cayman’s courts have ramped up their emergency contingency plan to counter COVID-19 issues.

Judiciary: Court efficiency remains a priority

Local judicial leaders have said they will continue to prioritise implementing best practices to improve court efficiency.

Report: Summary Court overall inefficiencies unclear

The Auditor General has said a lack of performance and financial information has made it “difficult to assess the overall efficiency and effectiveness of Summary Courts or Judicial Administration.”

Man on trial for cocaine charges

Taking the stand at Summary Court on Monday, a police officer recalled the night he says he caught a West Bay man with a bottle filled with cocaine.
The Law Courts Building in downtown George Town.

5 months for injecting fake beauty product

A woman who injected dangerous substances into the faces of two female clients in 2017 was sentenced Monday to five months in prison.

Sentencing of cocaine-dealing pimp delayed

Delays in the Summary Court sentencing of a convicted cocaine dealer, Wayne Carlos Myles, means he will have wait until October to learn his fate.

Watson and Blake charges transmitted to Grand Court

Canover Watson and Bruce Blake appeared in Summary Court Tuesday to answer for a string of charges laid in connection with a corruption probe into the Cayman Islands Football Association.

Two additional suspects charged in smuggling case

Two additional people were charged with crimes Tuesday in relation to a private plane that allegedly brought gold and cash to Grand Cayman on 4 June.

Man pleads guilty to three burglaries

A man pleaded guilty to three burglaries in Summary Court on Tuesday, including one charge in which he is alleged to have taken items worth $25,000.

Man jailed for 20 months for 8 separate incidents

A man was sentenced to 20 months in prison Thursday for several Summary Court offences that occurred over more than two years.

Ganja pleas voided, case sent to higher court

Four Jamaican men who had previously pleaded guilty to possessing more than 400 pounds of ganja had their pleas voided Tuesday and their case sent from Summary Court to Grand Court.

Man pleads guilty to lottery offences

Abijah Uhuru Ramoon pleaded guilty to a number of offences on Thursday including separate instances of selling lottery tickets and taking part in a public lottery. Ramoon, who has a separate matter awaiting sentencing in Summary Court, pleaded guilty Thursday to cases that date back to May 2018.

EDITORIAL – Toward a more efficient system of justice

When it comes to parties and banquets, it can be perfectly acceptable to arrive ‘fashionably late’. In other situations, there is no latitude for delays. This applies to spaceship launches, New Year’s countdowns – and courtroom procedures.

Three admit illegal landing

Three men pleaded guilty in Summary Court on Tuesday to charges of illegal landing under the new Customs and Border Control Law.

Man charged for firearm, burglary conspiracy

Carlos Jameel Bustillo, 21, appeared in Summary Court on Monday, when three charges against him were transmitted to the Grand Court for mention on Friday, May 17.

Business owner charged with unlawful gaming

The owner of a retail store in George Town appeared in Summary Court last Tuesday charged with unlawful gaming.

Court ‘can’t wait forever’ in Champion House pension case

A company facing pension-related charges from more than a decade ago was given a final date for sentencing when a representative appeared in Summary Court this week.

West Bay man charged with aggravated burglary, wounding

A residential burglary in West Bay last month resulted in three charges against Ryan Elijah Ebanks, who appeared in Summary Court on Monday morning.

Three charged in 810 lbs of ganja case in court

Three  men charged with the importation of more than 800 pounds of ganja appeared in Summary Court on Thursday in preparation for a case management hearing.

Wisdom sentenced and fined for 2017 dirt bike incident

A Summary Court magistrate sentenced Courtney Wisdom Jr., 27, to one month in prison, suspended for two years, and fined $1,150 Thursday for riding a dirt bike recklessly and negligently.

Man charged with burglaries asks for drug court

A West Bay man appeared in Summary Court on Wednesday charged with two burglaries at a resort in the district.

Charges brought for wounding outside nightclub

An incident outside a nightclub led to charges of wounding with intent to cause serious bodily harm, with defendant Cory Shamar Pusey appearing in Summary Court on Monday afternoon.

Employer faces ‘historical’ pension charges

An employer appeared in Summary Court on Tuesday facing eight charges of failing without reasonable cause to provide a pension plan or make contributions to a pension plan for employees, with one of the charges dating from Jan. 1, 1999.

Man came for KAABOO, stayed for court

A young man who came to Cayman to attend the KAABOO festival this past weekend ended up staying longer than he intended because he was obliged to attend Summary Court.

KAABOO performer in court for ganja

A woman who performed at KAABOO Cayman over the past weekend appeared in Summary Court on Tuesday, when she pleaded guilty to possession of a small quantity of ganja.

Car fire charges sent to Grand Court

Charges arising from a car fire were transmitted to Grand Court on Tuesday, when Wayne David Wright Jr. appeared in Summary Court on 12 charges, including two for arson.

Cruise ship passenger elects Grand Court for gun charges

An American woman who had been on a cruise ship that visited Grand Cayman appeared in Summary Court on Monday and elected to have charges against her dealt with in Grand Court.

Woman bailed in East End ganja case

A woman charged with possessing ganja with intent to supply was granted bail when she appeared in Summary Court Monday morning.

US State Department cites Cayman firearm policy

In Summary Court on Wednesday, Magistrate Kirsty-Ann Gunn drew attention to the website of the U.S. Department of State, which now lists the Cayman Islands in its travel advisory section.

Two appointed as full-time magistrates

Governor Martyn Roper announced on Wednesday the full-time appointment of Angelyn Hernandez and Philippa McFarlane as magistrates of the Summary Court.

Fake NRA trio plead guilty, receive fines

Three visitors who had pretended to be National Roads Authority employees and charged local businesses to paint lines in their parking lots were fined when they appeared in court this week.

Man charged with attempted murder of child

Travis Webb, 26, of Bodden Town, appeared in Summary Court Monday charged with attempted murder and cruelty to a child in relation to a 3-year-old child who was alleged buried alive last week.

Cocaine seized by Customs at airport

A 30-year-old man appeared in Summary Court Tuesday on charges of importation of five pounds of cocaine to Cayman.

Airline employee charged with possessing ganja

An American visitor was denied bail when he appeared in Summary Court Tuesday on a charge of possession of 5.8 ounces of ganja, which was seized at Owen Roberts International Airport.

Man charged with indecent exposure on Seven Mile Beach

A man arrested for indecent exposure was granted bail after appearing in Summary Court before Magistrate Angelyn Hernandez on Monday afternoon.

Charges withdrawn against man in ‘romantic triangle’

A man allegedly involved in “some sort of romantic triangle” had all charges against him withdrawn when he appeared in Grand Court on Friday.

Bodden Town man charged with West Bay burglary

Dalton Benjamin Robinson Jr., a resident of Bodden Town, appeared in Summary Court on Thursday charged with burglary of a West Bay residence on Monday.

Trial date set for bar incident

Fire officer Jon Mikol Rankin appeared in Summary Court on Tuesday, when he pleaded not guilty to charges arising from an incident at Da Station Bar on Shamrock Road on Aug. 18.

Brac arson charge sent to Grand Court

Susie Diane McKinley, 54, appeared in Summary Court in Grand Cayman on Tuesday afternoon after being brought over from Cayman Brac on Monday on a charge of arson.

Man made false report of being robbed

A man who falsely reported to police that he had been assaulted and robbed was penalized $500 in Summary Court on Tuesday.

Bail granted after assault caught on video

An assault captured on video led to the appearance of Adam Joel Bodden in Summary Court on Wednesday afternoon.

Employee charged with four Humane Society burglaries

A former employee of the Cayman Islands Humane Society was brought to Summary Court late Monday charged with four burglaries of the organization’s premises on North Sound Road.

Bail granted on rape charge

A man accused of rape was granted bail after appearing in Summary Court on Monday afternoon.

Trial confirmed for road racing charges

Trial on Oct. 31 has been confirmed for three men charged with motor racing on roads.

Customs employees in court

Two civilian employees of the Customs Department appeared in Summary Court on Tuesday charged with theft.

Employer charged with attempted rape

An employer charged with attempted rape and indecent assault was granted bail on Monday, with the condition that he have no contact with any employees.

Four men remanded for ganja at sea

Four Jamaican nationals were remanded in custody on Monday after appearing in Summary Court charged in connection with approximately 513 pounds of ganja recovered by police some 27 miles east of Grand Cayman last week.

Bail granted in cocaine case

Ezekiel Carter, 33, appeared in Summary Court on Monday, when he was granted bail on a charge of possessing cocaine with intent to supply.

Brac rape charge sent to Grand Court

A resident of Cayman Brac was transported to Grand Cayman last week to appear in court on a charge of rape.

Visitor causes Brac-wide power outage

An American visitor who hit a utility pole with his car and caused an islandwide power outage on Cayman Brac over the weekend appeared in Summary Court Wednesday, when he pleaded guilty to six charges arising from the incident.

Cockfighting charges to be reviewed

Three charges alleging involvement in cockfighting may have been brought under the wrong section of law, Magistrate Valdis Foldats suggested in Summary Court on Tuesday.

Stalker used 7 cell numbers in ‘campaign of harassment’

A spurned ex-boyfriend waged a “relentless” six-month campaign of harassment against his former girlfriend in what is believed to be Cayman’s first stalking case.

Cayman Airways HQ wounding case in court

Tyrec Christopher Johnson, 17, appeared in Summary Court on Tuesday when the charge against him, wounding with intent, was transmitted to the Grand Court.

Bail granted after weekend bar incident

A fire officer was granted bail on Monday after appearing in Summary Court on charges arising from an incident at Da Station, a bar on Shamrock Road, in the early hours of Saturday, Aug. 18.

Visitor charged with DUI, gets curfew

A visitor with relatives in Cayman was released on bail with a curfew on Monday after spending the weekend in custody for charges that included driving under the influence of alcohol and assaulting police.

Cruise ship passenger sentenced to time served

A U.S. national who was arrested aboard a cruise ship last month appeared in court Wednesday for resisting arrest and possession of ganja.

Police chase leads to drug charges

A 24-year-old man arrested after leading police on a high-speed car chase around Grand Cayman Friday has been charged with dangerous driving and numerous drug offenses in connection with the incident.

Visitor arrested with cash in underwear

A Colombian visitor was arrested at the airport Friday attempting to leave Grand Cayman with $9,500 cash stashed in a bag concealed in her underwear.

Quad bike rider pleads guilty

A man facing eight charges relating to a quad bike pleaded guilty to seven of them in Summary Court on Wednesday.

Man in ‘romantic triangle’ denied bail

A man reportedly involved in “some sort of romantic triangle” was refused bail when he appeared in Summary Court late Monday on charges that included assault and aggravated burglary.

Garfield Wong verdict expected Aug. 22

Senior immigration officer Garfield (Gary) Wong appeared in Summary Court on Wednesday, when Magistrate Grace Donalds heard closing submissions in his trial for charges arising from a traffic accident on Dec. 27, 2013.

Former tennis pro heads to Grand Court

Robert Todd Seward, the former manager and head professional at the Cayman Islands Tennis Club, had his theft and forgery case moved from Summary Court to Grand Court on Monday.
Cayman Islands Hospital

First round of lawsuits filed over HSA debts

Several lawsuits were filed this month in the Cayman Islands government’s first attempt to take residents to court over past-due medical bills.

Court upholds four years for indecent assault

A man sentenced last year to four years imprisonment for indecent assault lost his appeal against that sentence on Friday.

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