IN THE GRAND COURT OF THE CAYMAN ISLANDS
FINANCIAL SERVICES DIVISION
Apart from when it sits as an appellate court from the lower courts or other
tribunals (usually statutory, quasi-judicial), this court is a Superior Court of
Record of First Instance, having unlimited jurisdiction in both criminal and
civil matters. As such it exercises within the Cayman Islands similar
jurisdiction as is vested in or capable of being exercised in England by Her
Majesty's High Court of Justice and its divisional courts.
Judges of the Grand Court are appointed from amongst persons who must have
the same qualifications as are required for appointment to the English High
Court of Justice or Courts of equivalent jurisdiction throughout the
Commonwealth of Nations.
The Cayman Islands' status as a leading international offshore banking and
financial centre often generates actions before the Grand Court involving
complex issues and substantial assets. The domestic business of the Court is
also varied and often complex, including the work of the criminal, family,
common law and civil jurisdictions. Grand Court judges either sit alone or with
a jury of seven (12 for murder and money laundering trials). When hearing civil
matters, judges usually sit alone. The Grand Court hears both civil and criminal
appeals from the Summary Court.