Wednesday 8 July, 2020

CILPA sends letter of support after premier receives threatening texts

The CI Legal Professionals Association (CILPA) has issued a letter supporting the actions that the Premier and Government have taken during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. This letter was issued after the premier indicated that he has been receiving a number of unsupportive text messages from local lawyers.

Premier Alden McLaughlin has advised that he has received correspondence from a number of lawyers whose profession has been disrupted by the COVID-19 shelter in place provisions.

Some of these messages have been interpreted as threatening and have caused the premier to question whether those who have corresponded in this manner do not value the human lives that he is trying to preserve with the implementation of the regulations. 

The letter from CILPA read as follows: 

Dear Hon. AG and Hon. Premier,

I trust that you and your families are well in these challenging times.

The Premier’s remarks re attorneys in today’s press briefing were noted by a number of attorneys.

I want to assure you that the legal profession is supportive of the Government’s handling of this crisis to date. CILPA has been working in partnership with the Ministry to support the jurisdiction through this difficult period. That work has included drafting proposed new legislation to support Cayman’s economic recovery, drafting guidelines for reopening of the legal sector in due course, and engaging with the Ministry on these and other important matters on a daily basis.

As you know, individual attorneys will have their personal views. Those views may well differ from CILPAs, and from the shared view of the majority of attorneys. As the representative body for the vast majority of attorneys, CILPA makes no criticism of the Government‘s handling of the current crisis. We will continue to support Cayman’s recovery in any way possible and will continue to work with the Government to advance our shared goal of a broad and sustained economic recovery for these Islands.

If it would be helpful to speak on this at any point please let me know.

Regards,

David Collins,

President, CILPA

This letter was read at Wednesday's press briefing.

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