Tag: Cayman Islands Constitution

Ruling shows Parliament must act when rights are breached

Ruling shows Parliament must act when rights are breached

| 31/03/2022 | 53 Comments

(CNS): Justice Richard Williams’ ruling on the judicial review over how the governor passed the Civil Partnership Act goes far beyond protecting the rights of same-sex couples to marriage equivalency. The ruling reveals that the Cayman Islands Parliament does not have a choice when it comes to complying with the human rights enshrined in the […]

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Court upholds Roper’s use of power on civil unions

Court upholds Roper’s use of power on civil unions

| 29/03/2022 | 49 Comments

(CNS): Governor Martyn Roper did not act unlawfully when he used his power under section 81 of the Constitution to implement the Civil Partnership Act, the Grand Court has ruled. Justice Richard Williams presided over a judicial review last year that called the governor’s actions into question. However, in a judgment published Monday, the court […]

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QC criticised for work in  ‘homophobic’ Cayman case

QC criticised for work in ‘homophobic’ Cayman case

| 28/01/2021 | 85 Comments

(CNS): British barrister Dinah Rose QC, who is representing the Cayman Islands Government in the now infamous ‘gay marriage’ case before the UK Privy Council next month, is facing pressure to step away from it by the academic community, which says she is representing homophobia. Rose, the president of the prestigious Magdalen College at Oxford […]

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Secret JR is of ‘public importance’, says judge

Secret JR is of ‘public importance’, says judge

| 21/01/2021 | 39 Comments

(CNS): A Grand Court judge has cleared a judicial review challenging the governor’s use of his constitutional powers to pass the Civil Partnership Law after he found the case was of “public importance”. However, all the documents relating to it are being withheld from the public. CNS has acquired a copy of Justice Richard Williams’ […]

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Judicial review of civil union law remains secret

Judicial review of civil union law remains secret

| 15/01/2021 | 69 Comments

(CNS): A law suit filed by local conservative, Christian activist, Kattina Anglin, seeking a judicial review of the governor’s use of his constitutional powers to implement the Civil Partnership Law is still not publicly available, even though it appears the case was granted leave to proceed. The case was accepted by Justice Richard Williams in […]

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Constitutional amendments now official

Constitutional amendments now official

| 01/12/2020 | 7 Comments

(CNS): Over a dozen amendments to the Cayman Islands Constitution 2009 are now official after the order was gazetted Monday. Described as a modernisation of the Constitution, the order comprises the most significant set of changes to the document since it was implemented eleven years ago. However, it is not as fundamental a change as […]

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Public to pay for JR of Civil Partnership Law

Public to pay for JR of Civil Partnership Law

| 07/09/2020 | 152 Comments

(CNS): Kattina Anglin, a member of the conservative group, the Christian Association for Civics (CAC), has secured public cash for a proposed challenge to the governor’s use of his reserved powers to legalise same-sex unions. According to a social media post, Anglin has been granted legal aid for a proposed judicial review because of what […]

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Removal of  Constitution’s section 81 under threat

Removal of Constitution’s section 81 under threat

| 28/08/2020 | 113 Comments

(CNS): Governor Martyn Roper has said that what happened in the Legislative Assembly over the Domestic Partnership Law has put the proposed removal of his reserved powers from the Constitution under threat. This was part of a package that government and opposition members had negotiated to modernize the document, but Premier Alden had warned that […]

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CIG seeks feedback on constitution changes

CIG seeks feedback on constitution changes

| 12/12/2019 | 21 Comments

(CNS): Even though government has already steered its motion through the country’s parliament, as it will now be called, adopting the constitutional changes agreed with the UK, it is still seeking input from the public. The package of changes has been agreed by the Cayman government, the UK and all members of the opposition, eliminating […]

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Constitutional changes a ‘power grab’

Constitutional changes a ‘power grab’

| 08/12/2019 | 25 Comments

The Constitutional Critic writes: This entire package is just an attempt to prop up governments in future because the PPM knows they will have a hard time forming majority governments; they essentially only win in George Town and the Sister Islands.

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Constitution change ‘falls short’ on key issue

Constitution change ‘falls short’ on key issue

| 06/12/2019 | 62 Comments

(CNS): Premier Alden McLaughlin has said the main issue government wanted to address with the pending constitutional change “falls short of where we wanted to be” in the draft agreement that has been settled with the UK. But as he presented the government motion to the Legislative Assembly about the draft amendments on Friday, McLaughlin […]

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