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The Cayman Islands Constitution Order 2009

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  1. Introductory Text

  2. 1.Citation and commencement

  3. 2.Interpretation

  4. 3.Revocations

  5. 4.Establishment of Constitution

  6. 5.Existing laws

  7. 6.Existing offices and officers

  8. 7.Legislative Assembly

  9. 8.Electoral districts

  10. 9.Pending legal proceedings

  11. Signature

    1. SCHEDULE 1


      1. The Cayman Islands (Constitution) Order 1972 (S.I. 1972/1101) The Cayman...

    2. SCHEDULE 2

      The Constitution of the Cayman Islands


        1. The people of the Cayman Islands, recalling the events that...

        2. Affirm their intention to be— A God-fearing country based on...

        3. Now, therefore, the following provisions shall have effect as the...

      2. PART I

        1. Guarantee of Rights, Freedoms and Responsibilities

        2. 2.Life

        3. 3.Torture and inhuman treatment

        4. 4.Slavery or forced or compulsory labour

        5. 5.Personal liberty

        6. 6.Treatment of prisoners

        7. 7.Fair trial

        8. 8.No punishment without law

        9. 9.Private and family life

        10. 10.Conscience and religion

        11. 11.Expression

        12. 12.Assembly and association

        13. 13.Movement

        14. 14.Marriage

        15. 15.Property

        16. 16.Non-discrimination

        17. 17.Protection of children

        18. 18.Protection of the environment

        19. 19.Lawful administrative action

        20. 20.Education

        21. 21.Public emergencies

        22. 22.Protection of persons detained under emergency laws

        23. 23.Declaration of incompatibility

        24. 24.Duty of public officials

        25. 25.Interpretive obligation

        26. 26.Enforcement of rights and freedoms

        27. 27.Remedies

        28. 28.Interpretation of the Bill of Rights

      3. PART II

        1. 29.The office of Governor

        2. 30.Oaths to be taken by the Governor

        3. 31.Functions of the Governor

        4. 32.Exercise of the Governor’s functions

        5. 33.The Governor may act contrary to the advice of the Cabinet

        6. 34.The office of Deputy Governor

        7. 35.Acting Governor

        8. 36.Temporary exercise of certain functions of the Governor

        9. 37.Emoluments, personal staff and expenditure of the Governor

        10. 38.Powers to dispose of land

        11. 39.Powers of pardon, etc.

        12. 40.Advisory Committee on the Prerogative of Mercy

        13. 41.Public seal

        14. 42.Constitution of offices

      4. PART III

        1. 43.Executive authority

        2. 44.The Cabinet

        3. 45.Meetings of the Cabinet

        4. 46.Proceedings in and quorum of the Cabinet

        5. 47.Attendance of persons at meetings

        6. 48.Cabinet Secretary

        7. 49.Appointment of the Premier and other Ministers

        8. 50.Functions of the Premier

        9. 51.Tenure of office of the Premier

        10. 52.Tenure of office of Ministers

        11. 53.Performance of functions of Ministers in certain events

        12. 54.Allocation of responsibilities to Ministers

        13. 55.Special responsibilities of the Governor

        14. 56.Attorney General

        15. 57.Director of Public Prosecutions

        16. 58.National Security Council

      5. PART IV

        1. 59.Composition of the Legislature and power to make laws

        2. 60.The Legislative Assembly

        3. 61.Qualifications for elected membership of the Legislative Assembly

        4. 62.Disqualifications for elected membership

        5. 63.Tenure of office of elected members

        6. 64.Delay in vacation of seat to allow for an appeal

        7. 65.Speaker and Deputy Speaker

        8. 66.Determination of questions as to membership of the Legislative Assembly

        9. 67.Penalty for sitting or voting in the Legislative Assembly when unqualified

        10. 68.Leader of the Opposition

        11. 69.Power to provide for a referendum

        12. 70.People-initiated referendums

        13. 71.Standing Orders and committees

        14. 72.Presiding in the Legislative Assembly

        15. 73.The Legislative Assembly may transact business notwithstanding vacancies

        16. 74.Quorum

        17. 75.Voting

        18. 76.Summoning of persons to assist the Legislative Assembly

        19. 77.Introduction of Bills

        20. 78.Assent to Bills

        21. 79.Return of Bills by the Governor

        22. 80.Disallowance of laws

        23. 81.Governor’s reserved power

        24. 82.Privileges of the Legislative Assembly and its members

        25. 83.Sessions of the Legislative Assembly

        26. 84.Prorogation and dissolution

        27. 85.Recalling dissolved Legislative Assembly

        28. 86.General elections and bye-elections

        29. 87.Public Accounts Committee

        30. 88.Electoral Boundary Commission

        31. 89.Review and alteration of electoral district boundaries

        32. 90.Qualifications of electors

        33. 91.Disqualifications of electors

        34. 92.Right to vote at elections

        35. 93.Law as to elections

      6. PART V

        1. The Grand Court

          1. 94.Constitution and jurisdiction of the Grand Court

          2. 95.Composition of the Grand Court

          3. 96.Tenure of office of judges of the Grand Court

          4. 97.Acting judges of the Grand Court

          5. 98.Oaths to be taken by judges of the Grand Court

        2. The Court of Appeal

          1. 99.Constitution and jurisdiction of the Court of Appeal

          2. 100.Composition of the Court of Appeal

          3. 101.Tenure of office of judges of the Court of Appeal

          4. 102.Acting judges of the Court of Appeal

          5. 103.Oaths to be taken by judges of the Court of Appeal

        3. Other matters

          1. 104.Subordinate courts

          2. 105.Judicial and Legal Services Commission

          3. 106.Functions of Judicial and Legal Services Commission

          4. 107.Judicial administration

      7. PART VI

        1. 108.Overriding duty of public officers

        2. 109.Appointment, etc., of public officers

        3. 110.Applicability of pensions law

      8. PART VII

        1. 111.Revenue and Expenditure

        2. 112.Reporting

        3. 113.Public debt

        4. 114.Auditor General

        5. 115.Financial Secretary

      9. PART VIII

        1. 116.Human Rights Commission

        2. 117.Commission for Standards in Public Life

        3. 118.Constitutional Commission

        4. 119.Advisory District Councils

        5. 120.Complaints Commissioner

        6. 121.Register of Interests

        7. 122.Freedom of information

      10. PART IX

        1. 123.Official language of the Cayman Islands

        2. 124.Interpretation

        3. 125.Power reserved to Her Majesty


        1. 126.Oath of Allegiance I……………… swear that I will be faithful...

        2. 127.Oath for due execution of office I……………… swear that I...

        3. 128.Oath for due execution of judicial office I……………… swear that...

        4. 129.Affirmations In the forms above respectively set forth, for the...

  12. Explanatory Note

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