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Legal system

Grenada’s legal system is based on English Common Law and its legal system is exercised by the East Caribbean Supreme Court of Justice. This was established (as the West Indies Associated States Supreme Court) in 1967 with its headquarters in St Lucia, and is responsible for the administration of justice in its member states including Grenada. It comprises the High Court of Justice and the Court of Appeal.

Grenada was among the eight nations that met to establish the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) in 2003, replacing the Privy Council in England as the last court of appeal. On the advice of the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition it is the role of the Governor-General to appoint the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. He or she also appoints the other justices on the advice of a judicial commission.

The High Court has 16 judges, two of whom are permanently resident in the country. Less serious cases are heard in magistrates’ courts. The Court of Appeal is itinerant and generally sits three times a year in Grenada. The High Court’s jurisdiction includes fundamental rights and freedoms, and constitutional issues. Grenada has an independent judiciary. It is the only country in the Eastern Caribbean sub-region that has an institutionalized legal aid system.

Legal organisations in Grenada
Andrew A Michael & Misir-Andrew
Anselm B. Clouden
Baptiste Raphael
Benjamin R C & Co.
Ciboney Chambers
Cuthbert J Barry
Danny Williams & Co.
Grant Joseph & Co. Legal Services
Henry Henry & Bristol
Henry Hudson-Phillips & Co.
Ministry of Legal Affairs
Renwick & Payne
Seon & Associates
Wilkinson, Wilkinson & Wilkinson