Freedom of Information (FOI)

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About FOI

As a Public Authority under the Portfolio of Legal Affairs, the Truman Bodden Law School complies with the Freedom of Information Act (2021 Revision).

 

Access to information promotes governmental accountability, transparency, and public participation in national decision-making. The Freedom of Information Act (2021 Revision) reinforces and gives further effect to these fundamental principles underlying the system of constitutional democracy by granting to the public a general right of access to records held by the Cayman Islands Government, which is balanced against the need to withhold certain information in the public interest.

 

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How to Make an FOI Request

We want to help you find what you are interested in. Before making an FOI request, we encourage you to look at our publications to see if the information you are seeking is already available. If you can’t find what you are looking for, you can make an FOI request directly to a public authority using this application form.

 

What to Expect When You Make an FOI Request

When an FOI request is received by a public authority, the Information Manager will have 10 days to acknowledge receipt in writing and 30 days to provide a response. While this timeframe may be extended to 60 days if there is reasonable cause, you will be informed of any extension before the initial deadline has passed.

 

The Ombudsman

The Ombudsman is the independent oversight body for FOI in the Cayman Islands. Among other duties, the quasi-judicial Office of the Ombudsman promotes general awareness of the FOI Act, handles complaints and appeals, monitors and reports on compliance, and makes general or specific recommendations for reform.

 

You can learn more about FOI and the Ombudsman’s role at ombudsman.ky/foi.

 

Publication Scheme

In addition to setting out procedures to request information from the Cayman Islands Government, the Freedom of Information Act encourages proactive dissemination of information. A publication scheme describes the structure, organisation and functions of a public authority, what kind of information it holds, and what is published or made routinely available in the ordinary course of business. Publication schemes increase public awareness of government functions, responsibilities and services and allow members of the public to access information quickly and easily. You can find our current publication scheme HERE.

 

Disclosure Log

The disclosure log is updated regularly and provides details of FOI requests that we feel may have a wider public interest. We will not publish all records that have been disclosed under the Freedom of Information Act, including records that contain the applicant’s personal information or documents that are not held in an electronic format. Where practical, this disclosure log will summarise the FOI request and the public authority’s decision. Where access was granted in full or in part, it will also include the records, which may be redacted. If the decision letter to the applicant has been included to make the reasons for the decision public, the applicant’s name and other identifying information will be redacted.

 

FOI Contact

Claire Allen

Information Manager

P: (345) 946-0022

F: (345) 946-0019

foi.plg@gov.ky

 

Address (Location)

Office of the Attorney General,

4th Floor, Government Administration Building,

133 Elgin Avenue, George Town,

Cayman Islands

 

Mailing Address

P.O. Box 136

Grand Cayman  KY1-9000

CAYMAN ISLANDS