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Legal system

The Barbados legal system is founded on English Common Law. The laws of Barbados, which consist solely of local legislation, are administered by the courts.  

The legal system consists of lower magistrates’ courts, which conduct preliminary hearings, and the Supreme Court, which includes a Court of Appeal and a High Court. Magistrates’ courts have both civil and criminal jurisdiction. The administration of the legal and judicial system is under the control of the Attorney General. Judges are appointed by the Service Commissions for the Judicial and Legal Services.  

The Privy Council in England used to be the final court of appeal for the Barbadian courts. However, this altered with the establishment of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) in 2003, based in Trinidad and Tobago. The courts assure a number of due process protections in criminal proceedings, in their enforcement of respect for civil rights, including a right of detainees to be brought before a judge within 72 hours of arrest. 

Legal organisations in Barbados
Aastra Law
Alleyn Calvin C Attorney-At-Law
Aythawn International Law Chambers
Bayley Edmund A
Brewster Fozlo
Byer Richard P and Co.
Carrington & Sealy
Chester L. Sue (Attorney at Law)
Clarke Gittens & Farmer
Cottle Catford & Co.
Daniel Derek L
David King & Co.
Eastmond Chambers
Emeth Chambers
Findlay Campbell & Co.
Fitzwilliam, Stone & Alcazar
George Walton Payne & Co.
Griffith Cato and Associates
Hanschell & Co.
Hebron Law Chambers
Hewitt and Co.
Inn Chambers
Jones & Goodridge
Juris Chambers
Kellman Reynold O Attorney-At-Law
Kissoon Latchman P
Knight-Williams Marguerite
Legis Chambers
Lex Caribbean Barbados
Mandeville R G and Co.
Matilda Chambers
McClurg Hamish Attorney At Law
Meridian Law
Millennium Law Chambers
Monford Chambers
Rawlins Law Chambers
Rita Evans & Associates
Treavor A. Carmichael
Yearwood & Boyce
Z. Vanessa Kodilinye (Attorney at Law)