(CMR) A centralized platform for legal and judicial education is now available in the Cayman Islands, the Cayman Islands Legal Practitioners Association (CILPA) has announced.
Richard Barton, speaking on behalf of CILPA president Erik Bodden at the opening of Grand Court for 2023 on Wednesday, said this platform is offered by the Cayman Islands Judicial and Legal Education Institute which was formed last year.
“CILPA continues to play a vital important role in the training of law students and attorneys in the jurisdiction,” he stated.
Mr. Barton added that in furthering the mandate of practical training for legal education, CILPA formed a foundation jointly with the judiciary and the Judicial Adminsistration called the Cayman Islands Judicial and Legal Education Institute or the Foundation.
“The intention for this foundation is to run as a centralized platform for legal and judicial education in the Cayman Islands covering a wide variety of programs throughout the year, including advocacy workshops and the current judiciary clerkship program ” he explained.
“It is also hoped that the Foundation will play an essential role in the regulation and provision of the continuing professional development and legal education requirement anticipated to impact all attorneys following the commencement of the remaining part of the LSA,” Mr. Barton further explained.
Sections of the LSA or Legal Services Act came into effect last October, with the first set of appointments to the new Legal Services Council made in December, 2022.