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  1. United Kingdom - Constitutional law - Law, Act

    Constitution (Declaration of Compatibility) Act (Act. No. 2009-54) - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2009-11-01 | GBR-2009-L-109379

    The Act makes provision for the making of a Declaration by the Supreme Court regarding the compatibility of any Act or Subsidiary Legislation etc. with the Constitution.

  2. United Kingdom - Constitutional law - Constitution

    Virgin Islands Constitution Order, 2007 (No. 1678).

    Adoption: 2007 | GBR-2007-C-109367

    Whereas the people of the territory of the Virgin Islands have over centuries evolved with a distinct cultural identity which is the essence of a Virgin Islander;

    Acknowledging that the society of the Virgin Islands is based upon certain moral, spiritual and democratic values including a belief in God, the dignity of the human person, the freedom of the individual and respect for fundamental rights and freedoms and the rule of law;

    Mindful that the people of the Virgin Islands have expressed a desire for their Constitution to reflect who they are as a people and a country and their quest for social justice, economic empowerment and political advancement;

    Recognising that the people of the Virgin Islands have a free and independent spirit, and have developed themselves and their country based on qualities of honesty, integrity, mutual respect, self-reliance and the ownership of the land engendering a strong sense of belonging to and kinship with those Islands;

    Recalling that because of historical, economic and other reasons many of the people of the Virgin Islands reside elsewhere but have and continue to have an ancestral connection and bond with those Islands;
    Accepting that the Virgin Islands should be governed based on adherence to well-established democratic principles and institutions;

    Affirming that the people of the Virgin Islands have generally expressed their desire to become a self-governing people and to exercise the highest degree of control over the affairs of their country at this stage of its development; and

    Noting that the United Kingdom, the administering power for the time being, has articulated a desire to enter into a modern partnership with the Virgin Islands based on the principles of mutual respect and self determination;

    Now, therefore, the following provisions have effect as the Constitution of the Virgin Islands.

  3. United Kingdom - Constitutional law - Law, Act

    Gibraltar Constitution Order 2006. - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2006-12-14 | GBR-2006-L-109380

    This Order establishes a new Constitution for Gibraltar. The new Constitution includes an updated Chapter on the fundamental rights and freedoms of the individual. It provides for a Governor as Her Majesty’s representative in Gibraltar. It establishes a legislature for Gibraltar consisting of Her Majesty and an elected Parliament, and a Council of Ministers appointed from among the elected members of the Parliament. It provides for a Supreme Court and a Court of Appeal for Gibraltar, and for appeals to Her Majesty in Council, and makes provision for public finance and for the public service of Gibraltar. It establishes a Public Service Commission, a Specified Appointments Commission and a Judicial Service Commission, each with executive powers subject only to an exceptional power of veto by the Governor. It also establishes a Gibraltar Police Authority, provides for an elected Mayor of Gibraltar, and makes provision regarding Crown lands in Gibraltar.

    This Order revokes the Gibraltar Constitution Order 1969, which established the previous Constitution of Gibraltar.


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