The Constitution of The Bahamas is based on the Westminster Model, allowing for three distinct branches under the Governmental Structure. These include The Executive Branch, The Legislative Branch, and the Judicial Branch.
The Cabinet constitutes the Executive Branch and has general direction and control of the Government of The Bahamas. The basis of the Bahamian Law and Legal system is the English Common Law tradition, with Justices of the Supreme Court, Registrars and Magistrates appointed by The Governor-General acting on the advice of the Judicial and Legal Services Commission. Judicial Authority is vested in the Judicature which comprises the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal with such jurisdiction, powers and authority as may be conferred on these Courts respectively by the Constitution or any other law. Parliament constitutes the Legislative Branch of The Bahamas, which consist of a Senate and a House of Assembly. Subject to the provisions of Article 52 (l) of the Constitution, Parliament is mandated to make laws for the peace, order and good government of The Bahamas.
Bahamas Legislative Highlights Guide
The Bahamas has been very careful to ensure that its legislative and administrative frameworks are continually refined, facilitating legislation and products to meet emerging market needs. See below to download a copy of the legislative highlights guide.