Message to the Senate
Transmitting the United
Kingdom-United States Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty
August 4, 1987
the Senate of the United States:
a view to receiving the advice and consent of the Senate to ratification, I
transmit herewith the Treaty between the United States of America and the
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland concerning the Cayman
Islands relating to Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters, with protocol
signed at Grand Cayman on July 3, 1986, and related notes. I transmit also, for
the information of the Senate, the report of the Department of State with
respect to the Treaty.
Treaty concerning the Cayman Islands provides for a broad
range of cooperation in criminal matters. Mutual assistance available under the
Treaty includes: (1) executing requests relating to criminal matters by
undertaking diligent efforts, including the necessary administrative or
judicial action (e.g., for the issuance of subpoenas and search warrants),
without cost to the Requesting Party; (2) taking of testimony or statements of
persons by noncompulsory or compulsory measures; (3) effecting the production,
preservation, and authentication of documents, records or articles of evidence;
(4) providing assistance to each other in proceedings for forfeiture or
restitution of proceeds of an offense or for imposing fines; (5) serving
judicial documents, writs, summonses, records of judicial verdicts, and court
judgments or decisions; (6) effecting the appearance of a witness before a
court of the Requesting Party; (7) locating persons; and (8) providing judicial
records, evidence, and information.
recommend that the Senate give early and favorable consideration to the Treaty
and give its advice and consent to ratification.
August 4, 1987.