Common Law In Trinidad And Tobago Essay

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The twin island state of Trinidad and Tobago has a legal system that is modeled after that of the Common Law System that originated in England. The term ‘legal system’ as a concept is difficult to define as it would involve focusing on the mechanisms used to enforce the law of a particular country as well as the unique features of each individual legal system model as compared to other legal system models . The 1797 loss of Trinidad by Spain to Britain ushered in a change in the socio-political structure of the island, due to the arrival of “lawyers…government officials” that would serve to instigate the replacement of the Spanish Civil Law System with that of English Common Law . This was merely the part of the colonization process which was intended to alter the social, economic and political framework of the country.
The imposition of the Common Law Legal System in Trinidad and Tobago proved to define the legal framework of
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The first arm of the government, the legislature, is responsible for the creation of laws “for good governance” . This means that this is the branch of the State that is entrusted with representing the general public and therefore should always act to benefit the country’s citizens and protect the rights allotted to them in the Constitution. Trinidad and Tobago’s legislature, or Parliament, is modeled after the Westminster System of Government in Britain. As with the Westminster System, the Members of the Executive are also a part of the Parliament. The features of this system include a de facto executive branch made up of members of the legislature and led by the head of state, a de facto head of government known as the Prime Minister, the presence of opposition parties and an elected legislature, with two houses, of which at least one is
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