Establishment and Mandate
Formation: 1 January 2010
Legal basis: Anti-Corruption Act (2018 Revision) (the “Act”)
The Act gives effect to the OECD Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions and to the United Nations Convention Against Corruption. The Act covers a broad range of local corruption offences by public officials, private individuals and entities. It extends to bribery of foreign public officials outside the Cayman Islands. Offences under the Act are extraditable.
The mission of the Anti-Corruption Commission is “To enhance the stability, prosperity and reputation of the Cayman Islands by sustaining the confidence and trust of the community in the integrity and good governance of its government and public institutions through fighting corruption with just, fair and effective investigations.”
Principal powers, duties and functions under the Act
The Commission is responsible for the administration of the Act and shall:
Additional powers, duties and functions under the Act
To date, the Commission has entered into separate Memoranda of Understanding with the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service and the Financial Reporting Authority. In addition, the Commission is a signatory to a Multilateral Memorandum of Understanding by and between the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority, the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service, the Office of the DPP, the Cayman Islands Customs Department, the Cayman Islands Department of Commerce and Investment, and the Registrar of Companies.
Control, Oversight, and Policy Directions
The Governor has broad powers of oversight over the work of the Commission and may give to the Commission directions as to the policy to be followed in the exercise and performance of its functions. To date, the Governor has not issued any such directions.
The Commission may, after consultation with the Director of Public Prosecutions, issue guidelines setting out:
To date, the Commission has issued the report/complaint form and media disclosure release. It is developing formal written policies and procedures.
Governance and Structure
In accordance with the Act, the Commission consists of not less than five members appointed by the Governor, one of whom is appointed the Chairman by the Governor.
The Commission is supported by the Commissions Secretariat comprising a Manager, a Senior Investigator, Investigators, Administrators/Analysts, an Office Administrator, and a Trainee Investigator. Appropriate safeguards are in place to ensure the security and confidentiality of the Commission’s work and records.
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