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WHAT WE DO

The Law Commission is a statutory body created by The Law Commission Act No. 27 of 2012. The Commission is a body corporate and its membership is as follows: The Law Revision Commissioner/Law Reform Commissioner who shall be the Chairperson of the Commission along with one person nominated by the St. Kitts and Nevis Bar Association and three other persons appointed by the Minister responsible for Legal Affairs. The functional aspect of the Commission is carried out by the office of the Law Reform Commissioner operating under the aegis of the Ministry of Legal Affairs.
Our staff includes:

  • Law Reform Commissioner
  • Legal Researcher
  • Clerical Staff

Mission Statement

To Revise, Simplify and Modernise the Law to make it effective for use.

What We Do

The Commission has two distinct functions that is to say: 1. to keep the Revised Edition of the written laws of Saint Christopher and Nevis up to date and 2. To initiate and carry out Law Reform Projects.

How We Carry Out Our Mandate
  • By keeping and maintaining an electronic database of the revised edition of the laws of St. Kitts and Nevis and updating the data base as new laws are passed
  • By initiating and carrying out law reform projects
  • By publishing an annual supplementary update of the lawsBy establishing and updating a website containing the latest update of the laws
  • By making recommendations and preparing Law Revision (Miscellaneous Amendment) Bills so as to correct, perfect and improve housekeeping aspects of the law that may crop up during the law revision process.
  • By co-operating closely with the Department of Chief Parliamentary Counsel and the Government Printer so that unnecessary duplication of tasks is avoided.
  • By studying and keeping under constant review the statutes and other laws of St. Christopher and Nevis with a view to making recommendations for their improvement, modernization and reform; including repeal of obsolete enactments and simplification of the law. Development of new areas of the law making them more responsive to the changing needs of the society and to reflect the laws and customs and values of the society and the concepts consistent with the United Nations Charter of human rights.
  • By pursuing codification of the unwritten laws and adoption of new and more effective methods for the administration of the law and the dispensation of justice.
How We Are Financed

The operations of the Law Commission are financed by way of monies appropriated by Parliament; monies received by the commission from agencies other than the government for the performance of its functions and donations endowments and other gifts received by the commission. (See section 25 of the Law Commission Act)

How We Serve the Public

There are no specific services offered to the public at large. However, any relevant stakeholder who is interested in proposing or discussing Law Revision or Law Reform may make contact with The Commission to share ideas, suggestions or concerns regarding matters which can be the subject of revision or reform.
The Commission is in liaison with the Regional Law Revision Centre in Anguilla to produce a special website of Laws Online which will contain a complete collation of the updated Revised Laws of St. Kitts and Nevis. The Commission is also expected to make readily available (in electronic and hard copy formats) Word and PDF copies of all of the laws of St. Kitts and Nevis for access on demand by interested persons and in particular to make copies available to the Attorney-General, to the Clerks of the National Assembly and Island Assembly, to the Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court and to the Registrar of the High Court and also to several other entities involved in the justice system. The Commission also interacts with the Government Printery which plays a major role in assisting the Commission in executing its mandate.

Other Stakeholders
  • The Office of the Prime Minister
  • The Public Library
  • Other Government Ministries and Departments
  • Attorneys in private practice
  • Lecturers and other professionals
Who We Mostly Interact With
  • The Office of the Attorney General
  • The Ministry of Justice and Legal Affairs
  • The Parliamentary Counsel
  • The Nevis Island Administration
  • The Courts of Law
  • The Government Printery
  • The Bar Association
  • The Government Printery
  • The National Archives
  • The Government Information Services
How You May Interact With Us

Interested persons may direct inquiries to us via the:
The Law Commission P.O.Box 164
The Ministry of Justice & Legal Affairs.
Government Headquarters, Basseterre
St.Kitts
Tel 1869, 467-1623 or 1869 467-1150
Fax 1869 465-5040
Email: jojomalwe@hotmail.com, rohan.walters@gov.kn