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The functions of the Commission are to study and keep under constant review the statutory and other laws comprising the law of the Cayman Islands with a view to its systematic development and reform, including in particular –

Our Mandate

  • the modification of any branch of the law as far as that is practicable;
  • the elimination of anomalies in the law, the repeal of obsolete and unnecessary enactments and the simplification and modernisation of the law;
  • the development of new areas in the law with the aim of making them more responsive to the changing needs of Cayman Islands society;
  • the adoption of new or more effective methods for the administration of the law and the dispensation of justice; and
  • the modification of the unwritten laws of the Cayman Islands.

The Law Reform Process

The powers and duties of the Commission allow it in the performance of its functions to –

  • review and consider any proposals for the reform of the law which may be referred to it by any person or authority;
  • prepare and submit to the Attorney-General from time to time a programme for the study and examination of any branch of the law with a view to making recommendations for its improvement, modernisation and reform;
  • initiate and carry out, or direct the initiation and carrying out of, studies and research necessary for the improvement and modernisation of the law;
  • undertake pursuant to any such recommendation approved by the Attorney-General, the formulation and preparation of drafts in the form of Bills or other instruments for consideration by the Governor and the Legislative Assembly;
  • provide, at the instance of Government departments and other authorities concerned, general advice, information and proposals for reform or amendment of any branch of the law; and
  • with the approval of the Attorney-General, appoint or empanel committees, whether from among members of the Commission or from among persons outside the Commission or both, to study and make recommendations to the Commission on any aspect of the law referred to the Commission.
Mr. Ian Paget-Brown, Q. C., Chairman of the Law Reform Commission

Ian Paget-Brown, Q. C.

Chairman of the Law Reform Commission

"The Cayman Islands Law Reform Commission is honoured to welcome you to its website. As will be observed during your navigation experience, the primary mandate of the Commission is to conduct independent research with reference to all branches of the law in order to make recommendations to the Government for appropriate legislative reform.

Since its inception, the Commission has always sought diverse views through the application of different methodologies in order to formulate recommendations and laws that are relevant to the needs of the Cayman Islands contemporary society.

For meaningful contribution from the public, it is necessary and important to make information on law reform easily accessible. We believe a well informed website is one of the forums through which the public can acquire information on and insight into the Commission’s work.

Our fervent view is that law reform is a process which requires the input of all stakeholders. It is in this spirit that the Commission’s website was designed to be informative, straightforward, current and uncomplicated. In seeking to fulfil the responsibilities entrusted, the website will provide the technological link between members of the public and the Commission.

We look forward to your continued participation as the Commission seeks to advance the law reform process for the benefit of the Cayman Islands."

Last Updated: 2014-06-06