As a Caymanian, I am truly happy to carry out juror duty for my country — it is an honour to do this. However, I am self-employed and my business is literally not able to run without me present, which can impact heavily on the income for my family. Should I be called for juror duty during a period when I will lose business and income but can make myself happily available at another time, how do I handle this situation best?
Auntie’s answer: I am glad you feel so strongly about serving as a juror that you are asking in advance how to still be able to fulfil your civic duty if it conflicts with an important time for your business. However, you seem to be implying that there may not be a time where your income would not be affected by being in court.
Either way, the Cayman Islands Judicial Information website deals with this potential conflict on its Explanatory Notes to Prospective Jurors page.
Specifically to your question, it says, “If service on a long trial will cause you exceptional hardship (e.g. if you are self-employed and run your own business or if you have some other unavoidable commitment that would be severely affected) you must write to the Clerk before the commencement of your session, stating this and the reasons for it. The Chief Justice or another judge will decide whether you should be excused from jury service.”
To contact the Clerk of the Courts, call (244-3817) or email Shiona Allenger.
By the way, the referenced webpage answers a whole range of relevant questions about being a juror, which would be useful to anyone who is selected to serve.