Update on Measures Implemented by the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands

The Grand Court of the Cayman Islands (the “Grand Court”) has implemented a number of pro-active practical steps and practice directions that are aimed to ensure continuity of its operations in response to the Covid-19 pandemic (read our earlier advisory dated 3 April 2020 on court availability in BVI, Bermuda and the Cayman Islands).

These are largely in response to the Cayman Islands Government putting into force the Public Health (Prevention, Control and Suppression of COVID-19) Regulations 2020, which set out various restrictions on movement and permitted activities for the public and businesses alike for the time being.

One of the main practice directions to take effect as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic is Practice Direction No 5 of 2020 concerning “The Use of E-mails for Filing and Electronic Signatures, Court Seals and Stamps” (“PD 5/20”), which was gazetted on 9 April 2020. The primary purpose of PD 5/20 is to provide a temporary means of receiving and processing certain court documents which must be authenticated by a signature, seal or stamp. This is achieved through the use of specialist software run on a dedicated on-site server at the Grand Court.

The Grand Court also confirmed in a press release dated 28 March 2020 that updated practice directions on video-link proceedings will be issued shortly.

 

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