In addition to the information below, see our Legislation page to view the latest versions of the Standards in Public Life Act, Regulations and further guidance on their commencement.
An online portal has been developed to replace the previously used manual submission of forms, in an effort to streamline the declaration submission process. The new portal will utilise your CIGNet account, the log-in system featured in many other Cayman Islands Government e-services. If you do not have a CIGNet account can easily create one by visiting www.gov.ky/cignet.
Hard-copy PDF-fillable forms have been newly revised for 2021 and are available upon request for persons wishing to use a manual process. Please contact the Commissions Secretariat at 244-3685 or email@example.com to make a request for a PDF form.
Instructions, Extension Requests and Reporting/Complaint Forms
To reset your password to access the Register of Interests online portal you must reset your CIGNet password. Instructions on how to do this are available on the CIGNet page at www.gov.ky/cignet.
When you login to the portal, select the 'Amend an Existing Declaration' option box on the portal dashboard to add an update to a previously submitted declaration. Please note that your previous declaration will remain on file as originally submitted.
At this time previously submitted PDFs of declarations are not available on the online portal. However, when you submit a declaration via the portal a record of it will be saved and can be accessed via the 'View My Declarations' options box on the portal dashboard.
If you are unable to submit your declaration via the online portal due to not having internet or email access, or for any other reason, please contact the Commissions Secretariat at 244-3685 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your data and privacy are important to us. As such, the personal details included in Part 1 of the declaration will only be used by the Commission for direct communication with you in relation to your submissions and requirements under the SPL Act as a person in public life. This information will not be stored in the Register and therefore will not be made available to the general public. In accordance with the SPL Act, the Commission is required to retain all declarations for a minimum of five years. More details on how we treat your personal data can be found in our Privacy Notice.
Members of the public can view/access online submissions to the Register during normal working hours, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm, at the Commissions Secretariat office. Vist the Contact Us page for details on how to find the office.
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.” The Standards in Public Life Act and Regulations were commenced in early 2020 to outline the operation of the Register and the process for submissions to it.
The Register of Interests, under the SPL Act, is a set of declarations made by persons in public life in which they declare to the Commission such interests, assets, income and liabilities of that person, or of any other person connected with his or her, as prescribed by [the] Law.
Who has to Declare?
Every “Person in Public Life” must make a declaration; these people are outlined in Schedule 1 of the Standards in Public Life Act.
The following persons are required to submit annual declarations utilising a Schedule 1 form:
The following persons are required to submit annual declarations utilising a Schedule 2 form:
Details on how to submit a declaration can be found at the top of this page.
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, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm, at the Commissions Secretariat office. Vist the Contact Us page for details on how to find the office.
NB: In accordance with the Standards in Public Life Regulations, declarations in the Register can only be viewed at the Commissions Secretariat office. Furthermore, any mechanical or electronic reproduction (e.g. photocopy, photograph, scan, etc.) of any part of the Register is prohibited. Therefore, copies of declarations that may be retained by any third party (i.e. anyone except the declarant and the CSPL) should be destroyed.
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) of the SPL Act).
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 Act.
“Immediate family” means a spouse, a dependent or such other person as may be prescribed in Cabinet by regulations.
“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 -
“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.