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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Former Supreme Court Justices visit Truman Bodden Law School

Two former Supreme Court Justices were warmly welcomed by staff and students at the Truman Bodden Law School on Wednesday 23 March 2022. Lord Mance and Lady Arden answered questions on a diverse range of legal topics, from reform of the House of Lords to complex issues of English law on which they had both ruled over their extensive legal careers.


Deputy Director of Legal Studies, Scott Atkins, said, ‘It was a privilege for us to welcome such distinguished guests as Lord Mance and Lady Arden, given that they have both made significant contributions to the development of English law. The students really enjoyed their visit and it is a good example of the range of opportunities that are available at the Law School on island.’

(Lord Mance and Lady Arden pictured, above, with just some of the students who enjoyed their visit).

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Mr. Perkins contributes chapter to ATINER legal anthology

Mr. Andrew Perkins essay ‘The Legal and Economic Questions posed by the German Constitutional Court’s decision in the Public Sector Purchase Programme (PSPP) Case’ which appeared in Volume 7 of the Athens Law Journal in 2021 has been republished in A Contemporary Anthology Of Law edited by Emeritus Professor David A Frenkel. The published essays are revised versions and selected after a process of blind-review on the basis of the reviewers’ comments and the essays contribution to the ongoing discussion of the respective issues.

Mr. Perkins contribution explores the PSPP decision of the German Constitutional Court and its effect on the monetary policy decisions taken by central banks. He starts by exploring the decision and its effect in Germany, together with its wider implications for the European Monetary Union, before moving onto consider the standard of review that should be applied by the Courts when they are required to review central banks actions. The author’s conclusions show that any standard of review should be limited because of the unique economic and political circumstances in which central bank decision-making takes place.

Preview book HERE.

FURTHER PRESS INFORMATION AVAILABLE FROM:
Andrew Perkins
Email: Andrew.Perkins@gov.ky
Tel: 945-0077

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