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Jonathan Addo
Jonathan Addo
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Stuart Cullen
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Julie Engwirda
Julie Engwirda
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Peter Ferrer
Peter Ferrer
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Claire Goldstein
Claire Goldstein
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Hazel-Ann Hannaway
Hazel-Ann Hannaway
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Nick Hoffman
Nick Hoffman
  • Nick Hoffman

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  • Cayman Islands
Andrew Johnstone
Andrew Johnstone
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Paula Kay
Paula Kay
  • Paula Kay

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Phillip Kite
Phillip Kite
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Vicky Lord
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  • Shanghai
Paul Madden
Paul Madden
  • Paul Madden

  • Partner
  • Cayman Islands
Henry Mander
Henry Mander
  • Henry Mander

  • Partner
  • Cayman Islands
Ian Mann
Ian Mann
  • Ian Mann

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William Peake
William Peake
  • William Peake

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Lorinda Peasland
Lorinda Peasland
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Chai Ridgers
Chai Ridgers
  • Chai Ridgers

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Nicola Roberts
Nicola Roberts
  • Nicola Roberts

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  • Singapore
Paul Smith
Paul Smith
  • Paul Smith

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  • Cayman Islands
Andrew Thorp
Andrew Thorp
  • Andrew Thorp

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Jessica Williams
Jessica Williams
  • Jessica Williams

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  • Cayman Islands
Jayson Wood
Jayson Wood
  • Jayson Wood

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  • Cayman Islands

Cayman Islands Practice Guidelines

The Grand Court of the Cayman Islands has on 15 April 2020 released a series of Practice Directions aimed at ensuring continued access to justice during the COVID-19 pandemic. These follow a press release given by the Hon. Chief Justice on 28 March 2020, which we reported here, and provide further detail on how the Court will operate during this difficult period.

Existing restrictions on the use of video conference hearings have been lifted. In particular, restrictions limiting video conference hearings to hearings where the Judge is presiding from overseas, and to interlocutory, rather than final, hearings have been lifted.

The Court has also confirmed that the spring session of the Court of Appeal, due to take place in April and May, will be conducted by video conference with the Justices of Appeal joining from the UK. Hearings will be in open Court and deemed to be public hearings, but physical attendance will not be allowed and instead proceedings will be live streamed on the judicial administration website.

The circumstances in which applications may be determined “on the papers” have also been modified. This can now be done even without both parties’ consent, where it appears that substantial justice would be more undermined by delay.

Finally, protocols have also been put in place for the use of e-signatures by Judges and Court staff.

Harneys has already appeared in a number of video conference hearings since the pandemic began, and we remain grateful to the judiciary and the Court staff for the agility they have shown in allowing business to continue during this unprecedented time.

Cayman Islands Practice Guidelines