The Law and Constitution for Every Jamaican
$19.95

The Law and Constitution for Every Jamaican

By David Batts
US$ 19.95
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Book Description

Well known amongst colleagues as a zealous advocate for the constitutional right to freedoms of thought and expression, David Batts extends his reach with this simplification of the Jamaican Constitution, law, and legal system for all Jamaicans to better understand it. The Law and Constitution for Every Jamaican provides information on how the law works. The book commences with a definition of law and the legal systems of the world. It explains the Jamaican legal system – its genesis, how it operates – and how the judicial system functions. Ideal for the Civics student at any level, this work covers other institutions of governance. From the Jamaica Constabulary Force to the operations of the National Land Agency, the Transport Authority and the Island Traffic Authority; the Rent Board and Firearm Licensing Authority (to name a few), readers will benefit from details and explanations as well as examples showing the law in action.

Table of Contents
  • Foreword
  • 1. Introduction
    • Notes
  • 2. The Law and Legal Systems of the World
    • Definition of Law
    • Legal Systems of the World
    • The Common Law Legal System
    • The Civil (or Continental) Legal System
    • The Socialist Legal System
    • The Religious Legal System
    • Conclusion
    • Notes
  • 3. How Jamaica Received Its Legal System
    • The Taínos
    • The Spanish
    • The English
    • Reception Rules
    • The Maroons
    • English Constitutional Law
    • Parliamentary Supremacy
    • The Rule of Law
    • Conventions
    • Judicial Independence
    • Notes
  • 4. Constitutional Development and the Road to Independence
    • The Early Years, 1655–1664
    • The Period Sugar Was King, 1664–1834
    • Emancipation and beyond 1834–1865
    • Crown Colony Government (1866–1944)
    • Universal Adult Suffrage, and the Road to Independence (1944–1962)
    • Independence (1962–the present)
    • Conclusion
    • Notes
  • 5. Sources of Jamaican Law
    • The Constitution
    • Legislation
    • Case Law (and Equity)
    • Custom
    • International Law/Conventions
    • Conclusion
    • Notes
  • 6. The Constitution of Jamaica
    • Chapter I (Sections 1 and 2)
    • – Preliminary
    • Chapter II (Sections 3–12)
    • – Citizenship
    • Chapter III (Sections 13–20)
    • – Fundamental Rights and Freedoms
    • Chapter IV (sections 27–33)
    • – The Governor-General
    • Chapter V (sections 34–67)
    • – Parliament
    • Chapter VI (sections 68–96)
    • – Executive Powers
    • Chapter VII (sections 97–113)
    • – The Judiciary
    • Chapter VIII (sections 114–122)
    • – Finance
    • Chapter IX (sections 123–134)
    • – The Public Service
    • Chapter X (sections 135–138)
    • – Miscellaneous
    • Conclusion
    • Notes
  • 7. The Trial Process
    • Courts of Criminal Law
    • Courts of Civil Law
    • Rules of Evidence
    • Evidence in Chief, Cross-Examination,
    • and Re-examination
    • Expert or Forensic Evidence
    • Public Right to Attend Court
    • Result of Trial
    • Contempt of Court
    • Alternative Methods of Dispute Resolution
    • Conclusion
    • Notes
  • 8. Other Institutions of Governance
    • Trade Unions
    • The Jamaica Constabulary Force
    • The General Legal Council and
    • The Legal Education Authority
    • Corporations and Unincorporated Associations
    • Registrar of Companies
    • Registrar of Births and Deaths
    • Registrar of Titles
    • Office of the Ombudsman and
    • Public Defender
    • Political Ombudsman
    • Contractor General/Integrity Commission and
    • the Committee for the Prevention of Corruption
    • Independent Commission of Investigations
    • Consumer Affairs Commission
    • Firearm Licensing Authority
    • Rent Board
    • Transport Authority and the
    • Island Traffic Authority
    • The Adoption Board
    • Children’s Advocate
    • Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR)
    • Electoral Commission
    • Jamaica Defence Force
    • The Government Trustee and
    • The Supervisor of Insolvency
    • Notes
  • 9. Rights and the Rule of Law in Jamaican Society
    • The Origin of Rights
    • Law in Jamaica Today
    • Function of Law in Society
    • Role of the Attorney-at-law
    • Rule of Law
    • Conclusion
    • Notes
  • 10. International Law, Law Enforcement, and The Caribbean Court of Justice
    • The Making of International Law
    • The Sources of International Law
    • International Law and Human Rights
    • The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ)
    • Conclusion
    • Notes
  • 11. The Law in Action – Questions Jamaicans Ask
    • Notes
  • 12. Crime, Democracy, and the Way Forward
    • Jamaica: Crime Capital?
    • Reasons for the Culture of Violence
    • Prescription for Change
    • Constitutional Change?
    • Conclusion
    • Notes
  • Works Cited
  • Acknowledgements
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