This Anguilla government site includes the full text of selected legislation relating to companies, partnerships, intellectual property and financial services, the Anguilla Financial Services Authority code of practice, and a comparison table relating to a number of Caribbean offshore jurisdictions.
The web site of the Ministry of Legal Affairs contains the Revised Laws of Antigua and Barbuda, 1992 and annual laws 1993 onwards, all in PDF format. Selected Statutory Instruments 2006 onwards and Bills before Parliament are also available.
Appleby is a firm which provides offshore legal, fiduciary and administration services from offices in locations worldwide including Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Hong Kong, the Isle of Man, Jersey, Guernsey, London, Mauritius and the Seychelles. Publications on its web site include articles and commentary on recent developments in areas of interest.
The Barbados Judicial System site includes a Judgments section providing full text of Court of Appeal and High Court judgments (dates not readily ascertainable), as well as Rules of Court and Practice Directions. The Laws section contains Consolidated Statutes and Subsidiary Legislation of Barbados, Annual Acts 2009 onwards, and Statutory Instruments 2009 onwards.
Belize Judiciary is the official web site of the Supreme Court of Belize. Site content includes court rules, practice directions and information on the judges. The following judgments are available – but note that coverage is incomplete for the earlier years: Supreme Court (Criminal) 1977 onwards; Supreme Court (Civil) 1972 onwards; Court of Appeal (Criminal) 1977 onwards; Court of Appeal (Civil) 1987 onwards. In addition there is a link to the online version of the Laws of Belize, revised edition 2000.
This site contains the Revised Laws of Belize, published in 2000. These may be browsed by volume or chapter; alternatively there is a keyword search facility. Each law is a separate PDF document.
The Commission is the regulatory authority for all financial services business operating in and from within the British Virgin Islands. The site’s “Legislation” section has full text (PDF) of legislation relating to the following sectors: anti-money laundering, banking and fiduciary services, general, insolvency, insurance, investment business and Registry for Corporate Affairs. There is also an extensive “Form Library”.
Carey Olsen is an offshore law firm serving clients in many jurisdictions including Jersey, Guernsey, the British Virgin Islands and the Cayman Islands. The site’s Briefings section contains a number of articles relating to legal developments in those jurisdictions.
The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) was established in 2005. In addition to replacing the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council as a court of final appeal for member states of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), it is vested with an original jurisdiction in respect of the interpretation and application of the Treaty Establishing the Caribbean Community. The web site contains the Rules of Court, information on the judges and on the court administration. All judgments of the CCJ 2005 onwards are available, in PDF format.
This guide to the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), on the LLRX.com web site, is written by Yasmin Morais, Resident Librarian at Georgetown University Law Center, Edward Bennett Williams Law Library, Washington, D.C., and was published February 2008. It traces the CCJ’s history and outlines its mandate and structure. It also provides information on the court’s funding, its justices and recent judgments.
This site, part of the Lowtax Global Tax & Business Portal, provides information and news regarding the legal and tax regimes primarily of “low-tax” or offshore jurisdictions. The “Cayman Islands Law of Offshore” section here concentrates on trust law, banking, insurance and mutual funds. The regime is discussed in some detail; however individual statutes are not reproduced in full.
The official web site of the Cayman Islands Government provides information about the legal system and contacts for government departments and agencies. There is a link to the separate web site of the government’s Gazette Office, where legal notices are available in the Cayman Islands Gazette 2004 onwards and Acts, Regulations and Bills in the Gazette supplement, also 2004 onwards. The Gazette Office site also contains the latest annual Consolidated Index of Laws and Subsidiary Legislation in force.
This official web site provides information on the Cayman Islands courts and judicial officers, court rules and practice directions, and lists of attornies and law firms. Provision of case law is in development. At the moment there are cases from the Cayman Islands Law Reports, 1952-2010. “Laws adopted” provides a list of UK Statutory Instruments and of orders made locally under the authority of UK SIs. “Laws in force” are available by registration only. Since September 2014, access to the Cayman Islands Law Reports has been available only by subscription. Access to the Laws in Force and Unreported Judgments pages is available with limited search facilities (no more than 3 each month) free of charge.
Cayman Islands Laws and Regulations relating to banking, trusts, companies, insurance, investment business etc. are available on the web site of the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority (CIMA), as well as CIMA’s own Regulatory Handbook and Enforcement Manual. See “Regulatory Framework”.
The Laws and Regulations section of the Central Bank of Belize web site gathers together the major legislation governing the supervision and regulation of banks, credit unions and other financial institutions in Belize.
The Caribbean Law Project is a resource within CommonLII (the Commonwealth Legal Information Institute) providing access to legal information from all Caribbean jurisdictions. There are two main components. “Databases” contain material available via CommonLII, and “Catalog and Websearch” enables searches of Caribbean law on other web sites. Coverage includes cases, legislation, treaties and other materials.
The Eastern Caribbean Securities Regulatory Commission (ECSRC) regulates securities dealing in Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia, and St Vincent & The Grenadines. It operates under the Securities Act 2001, which is available on the site along with the Rules of the Commission and Regulations and Statutory Orders from the various territories concerned.
The Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (ECSC) is a superior court of record for member states of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS). Its web site contains full-text judgments from Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent & the Grenadines. Coverage starts in 1973 although it is very selective in the early years. Also on the site are cause lists, Court Rules, practice directions 2002 onwards, and information about the Court and its officers.
The “Legislation” section of this site contains the legislation of St Vincent and the Grenadines relating to banking, companies, insurance, money laundering and trusts. These are all in PDF format. There is a brief outline of the legal system.
The Financial Services Regulatory Commission is the ultimate regulatory body for anti-money laundering for St Kitts and Nevis. The “Regulatory Framework” section of this web site contains current legislation relating to financial services regulation, money laundering and anti-terrorism.
This Montserrat government site provides the Revised Laws 2013, Acts 2013 onwards, and SROs 2013 onwards. Also included are Statutory Instruments (i.e. Orders made by the Queen in Council) currently operational in Montserrat. Judgments are provided from 1991 onwards for High Court and Court of Appeal.
The Official Gazette is the official publication of the Government of the British Virgin Islands. The Gazette itself contains government notices; bills, acts and statutory instruments are circulated along with it. It is published weekly, with extraordinary editions appearing as necessary on other days. Free registration permits unlimited access to Gazettes for two months following publication; an enhanced subscription service is also available, allowing complete access to all Gazettes.
A narrative account of Caribbean legal systems and legal research, with hypertext links to the sources mentioned, is provided here on the GlobaLex web site. The author is Yemisi Dina, Head of Public Services at Osgoode Hall Law Library, York University, Toronto. This updated version was published November/December 2018
The web site of M. Hamel-Smith & Co., a Trinidad and Tobago firm of attorneys, contains articles on company law, intellectual property, tax and e-commerce, addressed primarily to the business community.
Harneys is a law firm providing international corporate and legal services related to Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cyprus and Anguilla. The Insights area of its web site provides articles, legal updates, guides and webinars pertaining to these jurisdictions.
The Judiciary’s web site provides information about judges and the magistracy, the Consolidated Orders and Rules of the Supreme Court, Civil Proceedings Rules and Family Proceedings Rules. “Recent Judgments” extend back to 2009. The Library databases include index/abstracts of written judgments of the Supreme Court from 1990, entries to the Trinidad and Tobago Law Reports Volume 1 (1893-1910) to Volume 16 (1955-1956), and retrospective index/abstracts of some pre-1990 judgments.
This official government web site gives information on the court system and the work of the legal departments and officers of Jamaica. Laws can be searched via the “Laws of Jamaica” menu at the foot of the home page. Court of Appeal Rules and Civil Procedure Rules are also available from the home page.
The “Information” section of Guyana’s Ministry of Legal Affairs and Attorney General’s Chambers web site provides the Laws of Guyana in PDF format, listed in chapter order.
The revised edition of the Laws of Trinidad and Tobago is made available here on the Ministry of Legal Affairs web site: see under “Online Services”. Laws (currently updated to 31 December 2016) may be viewed either via an alphabetical list or via a table of chapters which are grouped by broad subject.
Mourant is an offshore law firm with offices in the British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Guernsey, Jersey, Hong Kong and London. The site’s “News & Views” section includes various guides and updates on matters relating to the four offshore jurisdictions.
The law firm Ogier has offices in various locations including Jersey, Guernsey, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands and Hong Kong. Information on legal developments particularly in those four jurisdictions is provided in the News & Publications section of the site, mostly in the form of case summaries and client briefings.
The Publications menu of the Trinidad and Tobago Parliament’s site includes Bills, 1998 session onwards; Acts, 1999 onwards; Hansard (debates for both Houses), July 1990 onwards; Committee reports (House of Representatives and Senate), 1999 onwards; and constitutional documents.
This is an online IBC (International Business Companies) registry set up with the backing of the St Lucia government. The major Acts governing financial services are available to download together with regulations made under each, and amending legislation.
This site provides selected full-text judgments of Jamaica’s Supreme Court, 1996 onwards and links to legislation on the Ministry of Justice and Parliament sites.
This is a narrative research guide to Trinidad and Tobago law, with extensive links to sources, written by Catherine A. Deane, Bay Area Research Specialist for Shearman & Sterling LLP, and published on the GlobaLex site. The current version is dated January/February 2020: earlier versions dated November 2009 and April/May 2015 are also accessible.
Walkers is an offshore law firm with offices in the Cayman Islands (where the firm was founded), British Virgin Islands, London, Guernsey, Jersey, Dubai, Dublin (Ireland), and Singapore. The “Media” section of its web site contains articles on a wide range of subjects written from the perspective of those jurisdictions.