After 15 years of wrangling, the long awaited Legal Practitioners Bill will finally make its way to the LA floor when it meets in early October.
Financial Services Minister Hon Wayne Panton announced last night (Saturday 10 September) that the Bill will be gazetted tomorrow (Monday 12 September) which gives it the required 21 days of publication before it could be debated in the House.
Minister Panton made the announcement as he addressed the annual Caymanian Bar Association (CBA) gala at the Marriott hotel.
The Bill, which is expected to give legislative protection for Caymanian attorneys and regulate the practice of the profession here, has been something that many within the local fraternity have been clamouring for for years.
Premier Hon Alden McLaughlin is on record stating that the present Legal Practitioners Law, a 1969 piece of legislation, “is woefully inadequate to address the sophistication of the profession and the business it conducts in the Cayman Islands.”
Earlier this year, Caymanian Bar Association President Abraham Thoppil, addressing the Grand Court opening, lamented that local lawyers are being severely hampered without the legislation.
The Bill was originally listed as one of the pieces of legislation on the LA agenda for its 25 April session, but the Premier, according to local media reports, indicated the Bill was not ready for debate at that time because full agreement on the provisions had not been reached on the Government bench.