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This section is for everyone who wants to know more about the Constitution. It includes information on government, the constitutional negotiations and national celebrations. Plus it features some work by our next generation of civic leaders.

The Cayman Islands Constitution 2009: The present constitution, which came into effect on 6 November 2009, provides for the government of the Cayman Islands as a British Overseas Territory. It is the fourth written constitution issued for the Islands by the British Crown since 1959, though there is a history of over 165 years of representative government.

An Educational Guide to the Constitution: The goal of this publication is to provide readers with a summary of the key provisions of the 2009 Constitution in plain English. The publication puts forward the simplest summary on the understanding that the meaning of those provisions may be interpreted as they are developed.

The Cayman Islands Constitution 2009 Explanatory Guide: This explanatory guide was written by the Constitutional Review Secretariat to explain the differences between the 1972 Constitution and the new (then proposed) Constitution.

The Caymanian Bar Association's Concise Guide to the Cayman Islands Constitution: This is a concise guide to the Constitution written by the CBA student chapter.

Constitutional Negotiations: Access unedited recordings of the negotiations between the Cayman Islands and the UK. The first round of constitutional negotiations was held in 2008. The second round of talks came a few months later in early 2009 and produced a draft Constitution. This was followed by a third – and final - round of negotiations in London where a delegation from the Cayman Islands and the UK met in February. These talks were hosted by Gillian Merron and then Leader of Government Business the Hon. D. Kurt Tibbetts led their delegation.

Cayman's Constitutions Over the Years: A history of the Cayman Islands Constitutions over the years.

Copies of the Constitution Orders and Amendments 1959-2009:

SI 1959 No 863 The Cayman Islands (Constitution) Order in Council 1959

SI 1962 No 1646 The Cayman Islands (Constitution) Order in Council 1962

SI 1965 No 1860 The Cayman Islands (Constitution) Order 1965

SI 1967 No 970 The Cayman Islands (Constitution) (Amendment) Order 1967

SI 1971 No 1737 The Cayman Islands (Constitution) (Amendment) Order 1971

SI 1971 No 2100 The Cayman Islands (Legislative Assembly – Extension of Duration) Order 1971

SI 1972 No 808 The Cayman Islands Constitution (Amendment) Order 1972

SI 1972 No 1101 The Cayman Islands (Constitution) Order 1972 – Amended

SI 1972 No 1101 The Cayman Islands (Constitution) Order 1972 – Unamended

SI 1984 No 126 The Cayman Islands (Constitution) (Amendment) Order 1984

SI 1987 No 2199 The Cayman Islands (Constitution) (Amendment) Order 1987

SI 1992 No 226 The Cayman Islands (Constitution) Amendment Order 1992

SI 1993 No 3143 The Cayman Islands (Constitution) (Amendment) Order 1993

SI 2003 No 1515 The Cayman Islands (Constitution) (Amendment) Order 2003

SI 2004 No 2029 The Cayman Islands (Constitution) (Amendment) Order 2004

SI 2004 No 2673 The Cayman Islands (Constitution) (Amendment No.2) Order 2004

SI 2008 No 3127 The Cayman Islands (Constitution) (Amendment) Order 2008

Celebrating Cayman's Heritage:

  • Constitution Day
  • Constitution Week 2010: Democracry at work; Governor helps launch Constitution Week & Premier's 2010 Constitution Day Address.
  • National Heroes Day is the largest national celebration of heritage and culture in the Cayman Islands. National Heroes Day was first held in 2003 as part of the Cayman Islands' year long quincentennial celebrations and was always intended to be the islands’ largest national celebration. National Heroes Day takes place annually in Heroes Square in George Town at the end of January. It is a unique occasion for the people of the Cayman Islands to unite in celebration of a proud past and a future filled with hope.

More information on the Cayman Islands Constitution.

Other Overseas Territories Constitutions:



British Virgin Islands



St. Helena

Turks and Caicos Islands (2006)

Turks and Caicos Islands Constitution (Interim Amendment) Order 2009


Student Postings

School Projects

More useful publications:

The Constitutional Commission - What We Do

The Governance of Britain: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3



Policies and Procedures Manual.pdf191.65 KB
The Use and Design of Referendums, by Andrew Ellis.pdf165.2 KB
You and Your Government2.4 MB
The Cayman Islands Constitution 2009292.41 KB
Cayman Islands Constitution 2009 Explanatory Guide164.5 KB
First Round - Monday 29 September 2008.pdf646.9 KB
First Round - Tuesday 30 September 2008.pdf668.47 KB
First Round - Wednesday 1 October 2008.pdf648.94 KB
First Round - Thursday 2 October 2008.pdf1.37 MB
Second Round - 13 - 16 January 2009.pdf1.82 MB
Third Round - 3-5 February 2009.pdf12.86 MB
An Educational Guide to the Constitution.pdf981.82 KB