Functions & Responsibilities
Sections 31 – 33, 36 & 55
Who and How:
Delegation of Responsibilities
While the Governor still holds special powers on behalf of the Crown, following the implementation of the 2009 Constitution he now delegates additional responsibilities to ministers of government, including some matters relating to external affairs, formal negotiations, international agreements, and local political declarations that affect foreign policy.
There are also strengthened provisions for consultation between the Governor and elected government. For example, the creation of a National Security Council (NSC) now affords elected representatives, as well as representatives from civil society, an opportunity to contribute to policies that affect national security. Similarly in the area of external affairs, the Governor must consult Cabinet before entering into any international agreement that would affect the Cayman Islands’ internal policies. The Governor must also consult with the Premier and the Leader of the Opposition before appointing members to constitutional committees, councils and commissions.
Governor’s Reserved Powers
Using his reserved powers, the Governor can bypass Cabinet or the LA and cause a bill, (section 55 of the Constitution) that relates to his special responsibilities, to be enacted as a law, with the approval of the United Kingdom Secretary of State. Instances where this power might be used include when Cabinet is unwilling to support the introduction of a bill in the LA, or is unlikely to pass a bill.
Last Updated: 2010-08-16