|Company: Government portal of Cayman Islands
Country: Cayman Islands
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The Cayman Islands is a parliamentary democracy with judicial, executive and legislative branches. The present constitution, which came into effect on 22 August 1972, provides for the government of the Cayman Islands as a British Dependent Overseas Territory. It is the third written constitution issued for the Islands by the British Crown since 1959, though there is a history of over 160 years of representative government. The Islands' constitution has evolved as the population and economy has grown; however, Cayman has not moved to the stage where there is a chief minister. The Islands pride themselves on having an independent judiciary, emphasising that the Grand Court was established by the Constitution. In many forms of parliamentary government, executive and legislative branches are not totally separate. In the Cayman Islands, the people elect the members of the legislature, and the legislature elects the majority of the Executive Council (ExCo).