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The Impact of the English Common Law on Caribbean Society

Citation: Bernard, Desiree P. (2014) The Impact of the English Common Law on Caribbean Society. Amicus Curiae . ISSN 1461-2097 (Submitted)


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In the 17th and 18th centuries as Britain expanded her influence throughout the world she took to her colonies all of her institutions – social, financial, religious and legal, inter alia, and established them along identical lines with those in the mother country. With regard to the legal system, the Common Law of England became the Common Law of the particular colony, and the structure of the court system in large measure mirrored that of England with no regard to relevance or suitability to local conditions. The author examines the impact of the English Common Law in this way, looking in particular at the situation in the Caribbean islands and the mainland territory of Guyana.

Additional Information: This paper is taken from a lecture delivered at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies on 2nd December, 2013 by Hon. Madam Justice Desiree P. Bernard (Inns of Court Fellow 2013 at IALS).
Creators: Bernard, Desiree P. and
Subjects: Law
Keywords: Common law, Commonwealth Caribbean law, English law - reception and imposition, legal history
Divisions: Institute of Advanced Legal Studies
  • 2014 (submitted)


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