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Legal System

Vanuatu’s legal system is a combination of English Common Law and French Civil Law.  However, the constitution of Vanuatu ensures the continued effect of customary law as administered by regional customary courts in conjunction with common law. The judiciary is based on a standard framework consisting of the Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court and further inferior courts, including the island courts. An island court must have a supervising magistrate and, as a result of lack of resources, island courts do not function regularly. The Judicial Service Commission, part of the Ministry of Justice and Community Services, is responsible for managing the judiciary and appointing various officials including the Public Prosecutor and the Public Solicitor. The Vanuatu Law Commission, an independent statutory body, is tasked with reviewing Vanuatu law and recommending reforms where necessary. 

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