September 15, 2019

Chief Justice of the Cayman Islands confirms and expands upon the ‘standard directions’ in section 238 proceedings

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From Ogier Publication – 31/07/2019 Introduction In a decision that serves as a clear warning to companies seeking to limit their discovery obligations in proceedings brought under section 238 of the Companies Law (2018 Revision) (the “Law”), the Chief Justice of the Cayman Islands has handed a group of dissenting shareholders a significant victory in what […]

ECSC paving the way to a modern, efficient judiciary for the Eastern Caribbean

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From Searchlight Last week the body of legal professionals across nine Caribbean countries gathered for a full ceremonial Opening of the Law Year, for the first time since 2016. The normal routine for the Opening of the Law Year consists of church ceremonies being held simultaneously in the nine member states of the Organization of […]

CCJ President to retire in July

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(GIS) – For the first time in its history, the Caribbean Court of Justice held court in Antigua and Barbuda at a special sitting to honour the President of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), Rt. Hon. Sir Dennis Byron. Representatives from the region came together on May 16, to pay tribute and bid farewell […]

Cayman Islands Chief Justice appointed Justice of Appeal of Bermuda Court

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The Governor’s office is pleased to announce that, with his approval, the Chief Justice, Hon. Anthony Smellie QC has been offered and accepted appointment as a Justice of Appeal of the Court of Appeal of Bermuda. The Chief Justice will serve for the first time on the Bermuda Court in June 2018, when he will […]

Cayman Islands Premier’s Chamber Luncheon remarks

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Chamber Luncheon Premier’s Remarks Noon, Thursday, 18th January 2018 Kimpton Seafire Good afternoon, Thank you, Kyle, for the introduction. That video was certainly interesting! Many of you will have heard Ms Dukharan speak at conferences and are aware of her academic credentials and business experience. It warms my heart, as I hope it does yours, […]

The Editor Speaks: Do we really need a new courthouse?

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I was under the impression we most definitely do. It has been a case of ‘soon come’ that means ‘no time soon’. Chief Justice Anthony Smellie has long advocated the need for a new courthouse. Back in 2013 when the Chief Justice gave his Grand Court Opening Address he said: MR CROWLEY REMARKED ON THE […]

Judicial Clerkships for Cayman Islands Articled Clerks

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Starting 4 July 2017, the Cayman Islands Courts will offer a new Judicial Clerkship programme for Articled Clerks with local law firms, which will count towards their legal training requirements. Announcing the programme, the Chief Justice, Hon. Anthony Smellie explained that it was developed by the Judicial Education Committee (JEC) jointly with the Caymanian Bar […]

Fruits of warrantless surveillance in the Cayman Islands now admissible in court

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By Kenneth Rijock From Kenneth Rikock’s Financial Crime Blog A word to the wise; there is no longer any true electronic communications privacy in the Cayman Islands. A local media quest, to obtain information about the now-admissible warrantless electronic searches, of telephone, email, and text messages, has highlighted this dark practice. Cayman law enforcement agencies […]

Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court celebrates Diamond Jubilee

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From The New Today The Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (ECSC) last week Monday marked its 50th year of existence reflecting on its many achievements throughout the years and the many challenges that still exists. In a telecast that was broadcast simultaneously at special sittings of the court in all the nine member states and territories […]

Cayman Islands Chief Justice rules in favour of government who say Immigration regulation changes coming …

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GRAND CAYMAN, Cayman Islands – Following an extensive period of consultation, Cabinet will shortly consider amendments to the Immigration Regulations that, once approved, will allow the various Immigration boards to continue processing applications for permanent residency and for the Immigration Appeals Tribunal to hear PR appeals. “As I have said before, there is no easy […]