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Legal System

Mauritian law is a combination of French and British legal traditions, deriving from the French Napoleonic Code and English Common Law. The country possesses a single-structured judicial system made up of two parts the Supreme Court and the subordinate courts. The subordinate courts consist of the Court of Rodrigues, the District Courts, the Intermediate Court and the Industrial Court. The last court of appeal is the Privy Council in England, and the constitution is based on the British parliamentary system. The Supreme Court comprises the Court of Civil Appeal and the Court of Criminal Appeal. It consists of the Chief Justice, the Senior Puisne Judge and 14 puisne judges. The judges also act as judges of the court of criminal appeal and the court of civil appeal. It is the highest judicial authority in the country, with unlimited jurisdiction to determine any civil and criminal proceedings. It holds original jurisdiction in the most serious criminal cases, when it sits with judge and jury. The Intermediate Court and ten district courts are magistrates’ courts; both have jurisdiction in civil and criminal matters. The Industrial Court is mandated to protect the constitutional rights of the citizen. The president, in consultation with the prime minister, is responsible for the appointment of the chief justice, and with the advice of the chief justice appoints the associate judges.  Other judges are nominated by the president on the advice of the Judicial and Legal Service Commissions. The constitution establishes the separation of powers between the legislature, the executive and the judiciary. It guarantees the protection of the fundamental rights and freedoms of the individual (the death penalty was abolished in 1989).

Legal organisations in Mauritius
A.R.M.A. Peeroo SC GOSK (Chambers of)
Astor Law Professionals
Ayesha Jeewa
Banymandhub Boolell Chambers
Benoit Chambers
Bheeroo Chambers
BLC Lawyers
Chambers of Sir Hamid Moollan QC
CS&P Fiduciaire - Carlo Scevola & Partners
De Comarmond & Koenig
Erriah & Uteem Chambers
Etude Lallah (Solicitors)
Etude Lallah Solicitors
Etude Philips
Ghose Solicitors
Hawoldar Chambers
Ivan Collendavelloo
Lallah Chambers
Luchmun D Sunil
Mannish Ajodah
Mardemootoo Solicitors
Mauritius Bar Association, The
MC Law Offices
Mohamed Chambers
Moollan Sir Hamid Q.C
Mukan Chambers
Priscilla Balgobin-Bhoyrul Chambers
Robert Jacques (Attorney)
Roy Virahsawmy Chambers
Shaheena A. Carrim
Trilochun Chambers
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