THE LEGAL SYSTEM OF THE CAYMAN ISLANDS
The Cayman Islands has the status of a British Overseas Territory presided over by the Governor as the Queen’s representative and a House of Assembly (an elected parliament). The constitutional structure of the Cayman Islands is that of a complete separation of the Executive, Legislature and Judiciary branches. The Judicial branch is autonomous politically, economically, and administratively. The laws of the Cayman Islands are a mixture of (English) common law, some English statutes, which have been extended in whole or in part to the Cayman Islands, and local statutes as well as a number of international conventions to which the United Kingdom is party. The Cayman Islands has a Grand Court (equivalent to the High Court in England) and a Court of Appeal from which final appeals lie to the Privy Council in London. Cayman Islands law is in many respects similar to the laws of England.