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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 meetings of Cabinet and the Advisory Committee on the Prerogative of Mercy, but is a member of neither.  The Governor also chairs the National Security Council, and, in accordance with the Constitution, is bestowed special responsibility for 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.”

When required to consult the Cabinet, the Governor may only go against the Cabinet's advice if he or she considers it will negatively affect any of his or her special responsibilities, or if he or she is instructed to do so by Her Majesty through a Secretary of State.

The Governor is required to give his or her assent or notify that Her Majesty has given assent to a Bill before it can become a law.

The Governor, in addition to overseeing the civil service, also appoints members of the judiciary and various Commissions established by the Constitution.

For more information about the Governor and the Governor’s Office, please visit www.ukincayman.fco.gov.uk.

Last Updated: 2014-08-20