Cayman Islands Legal Assistance Clinic (CILAC) launched

The Cayman Islands Legal Advisory Council, Truman Bodden Law School, and Judicial Administration of the Cayman Islands Government announced today (Wednesday, May 18, 2022) the launch of the Cayman Islands Legal Assistance Clinic (CILAC).

This joint initiative will provide legal advice at no charge to members of the public in a range of areas of law, including civil, criminal, family, landlord-tenant, employment, immigration, and human rights.

The clinic will be staffed by students who are preparing to commence their articles of clerkship as part of their post-graduate Professional Practice Course (PPC) at the Truman Bodden Law School (TBLS). The students will deliver legal advice to clients under the supervision of qualified attorneys.

Truman Bodden Law School Students (TBLS) students and attorneys from the Cayman Islands Legal Practitioners Association (CILPA) gathered in Chief Justice Anthony Smellie’s Chambers for an introductory meet-and-greet at the launch of the Cayman Islands Legal Assistance Clinic (CILAC) on Wednesday (18 May). Front row, from left, are TBLS students Felicia Connor, Ghita Moyle, Daniel Lee, Janet James, and Colleen Cummings. At rear are Attorneys Louise Desrossiers (Travers, Thorpe, Alberga), Prathna Bodden (Samson Law), Ben Tonner (McGrath Tonner), Hayley Allister (Cayman Family Law), and Andrea Williams (Williams Law).

“The establishment of the Cayman Islands Legal Assistance Clinic will provide for greater access to justice through the provision of high-quality, no-cost legal advice to members of our community as a result of the generous donation of time and expertise of TBLS students and qualified attorneys,” said the Honourable Chief Justice Anthony Smellie, QC.

Speaking about the role of TBLS students, Law School Director Mitchell Davies said: “The Cayman Islands Legal Assistance Clinic will provide a significant public service to the community as well as an exceptional hands-on learning experience for PPC students at the TBLS as they prepare to enter practice.”

CILAC will operate one evening per month from Judicial Administration Building C (the former Bank of Nova Scotia Building) in George Town. The clinic will see clients by appointment only. For further information on the clinic or to book an appointment, please contact the clinic at CILAC@Judicial.ky or by telephone at (345) 244-3798. Visit their website at https://cilac.ky .

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The Cayman Islands Legal Assistance Clinic (CILAC) was officially launched on Wednesday (18 May). Marking the occasion, organisers and facilitators gathered in Chief Justice Anthony Smellie’s Chambers for a brief meet and greet. From left are Senior Lecturer of the Truman Bodden Law School (TBLS) Andrew Perkins; CILPA Executive Council representative Richard Barton; TBLS Director Mitchell Davies; Legal Counsel for the Judicial Administration project Darlene Oko; Chief Justice Anthony Smellie; Personal Assistant (PA) to the Chief Justice Hilde Smith; and Court Administrator Suzanne Bothwell.

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