Created by section 117 the Cayman Islands Constitution Order 2009 (“the Constitution”), the Commission for Standards in Public Life (“the Commission”) is an independent body enshrined in the Constitution to enhance democracy in the country and ensure that there is sufficient oversight of the public sector.
The Commission’s overarching powers are ingrained in the Standards in Public Life Law, 2014 (“the Law”), the Standards in Public Life (Amendment) Law, 2016, and the Standards in Public Life Regulations, 2016.
The Commission is a member of the Executive Commitee of the Commonwealth Caribbean Association of Integrity Commissions and Anti-Corruption Boddies (CCAICACB) for 2017/2018. For more information on the CCAICACB click here.
In the exercise of its powers and performance of its functions under the Law and the Constitution the Commission is not subject to the direction or control of any other person or authority. Moreover, the Law provides for the Commission to have the same powers as the Grand Court to summon witnesses, and require the production of reports, documents and other relevant information.
Appointed by Her Excellency the Governor, acting after consultation with the Premier and the Leader of the Opposition, the Commission consists of a Chairman and not less than two nor more than four other members. Members are people of the highest integrity with knowledge of practice in the private or public section. At least one member is a chartered or certified accountant and at least one is a legal practitioner; both of whom have at least ten years’ experience.
Persons cannot be appointed to the Commission if they:
Offices can become vacant in five ways:
As prescribed in section 117 of the Constitution and section 5 (1) of the Standards in Public Life Law, the functions of the CSPL are -