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Role of the Governor

Her Excellency the Governor, Mrs. Helen Kilpatrick Appointed by Her Majesty's Government, the governor presides over the Cabinet, whose advice must be taken except in matters of defence, external affairs, internal security, the police and the civil service.

Under the Constitution, the governor promotes good governance and acts in the best interests of the Cayman Islands “so far as such interests are consistent with the interests of the United Kingdom.”

The Governor may also go against Cabinet's advice if he or she considers it against the public's interest. In cases of urgency this may be done without prior approval from London, but such action must be immediately reported to the secretary of state. The Governor is also not required to consult on matters too unimportant to require this, or if it would be prejudicial to the national interest, though such actions must be reported to Cabinet.

The governor also appoints members of the judiciary and oversees the civil service.

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Last Updated: 2014-02-19