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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.

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