The Caymanian Bar Association ("CBA") was established in the Cayman Islands in 1988 as a non-profit company limited by guarantee after senior Caymanian attorneys perceived the need for an organisation to address issues of particular relevance to Caymanian attorneys and effectively to represent the views of Caymanian attorneys who were, and are, a minority in the profession in the Cayman Islands. To that end, all Caymanians (as defined in the Immigration Law (2013 Revision) of the Cayman Islands) who are admitted to practise as an attorney in the Cayman Islands and possess a current practising certificate are eligible to be members of the CBA.
Most Caymanian attorneys that are eligible have joined the CBA and today it represents the interests of more than 245 Caymanian attorneys. The majority of CBA members are also members of the Cayman Islands Law Society ("CILS") with some persons having served on the Councils of both organisations. However, unlike the CBA, membership in the CILS is not restricted to persons who are Caymanian. Hence, the CILS does not focus on (or purport to represent) the interests of Caymanian attorneys specifically, but rather the legal profession in the Cayman Islands.
The Council of the CBA comprises a President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer as officers plus a number of ordinary members. All of them are elected annually at a duly convened general meeting of the CBA. The late Mr. Ormond Panton, OBE served as the first elected President.
Please click below to download the CBA's Memorandum and Articles of Association and By-Laws.