The functions of the Commission include, amongst other things, “to supervise the operation of registers of interest and to investigate breaches of established standards…” (section 117(9)(c) of the Constitution). In accordance with section 121(1) of the Constitution, “there shall be for the Cayman Islands a Register of Interests, which shall be maintained by the Commission for Standards in Public Life.” Section 121(2) elaborates that all persons in public life have a constitutional obligation to declare to the Commission, “for entry into the Register of Interests, such interests, assets, income and liabilities of that person, or of any other person connected with him or her, as prescribed by [the] Act.”
Every “Person in Public Life” must make a declaration. In accordance with Schedule 1 of the Act these persons include:
The Declaration process is currently under revision, more information will be provided on the new online declaration submission portal at a later date.
NB: Extensions of up to 60 days may only be granted at the CSPL’s discretion where requests are made before the submission deadline.
A person in public life who is:
will be required to complete a declaration annually. However, such declarations may be NIL filings except where there is a possible or perceived conflict with the Board Member’s functions on the entity to which they were appointed, in relation to themselves and any member of their immediate family.
Members of the public can inspect the Register during normal working hours at the Secretariat offices.
S.12(1) of the Standards in Public Life Act requires that the following categories of information must be declared as a part of one's interests, income, assets and liabilities:
NB: Disclosure of actual amounts or extent of financial benefits, contributions or interests is not required (per s.12(4)).
Failure to submit a required declaration or knowingly submitting a false declaration are two examples of offences that are punishable on summary conviction to fines, imprisonment, or both. For more information on offences you can refer to the Law.
“Immediate family” means a spouse, a dependent or such other person as may be prescribed in Cabinet by regulations.
“Conflict of interest” means a situation where a person has a private interest which may improperly influence or be seen to improperly influence his public duties and responsibilities, or that of a connected person, in circumstances suggesting that the person concerned knew or ought reasonably to have known of the connection or possible connection, direct or indirect, between his duties and responsibilities and his private interest.
“Connected person” means a member of the immediate family of, or a person who acts on behalf of, or for the benefit of, the declarant, with the declarant’s actual or implied authority, and includes -