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  1. Bahamas - - Law, Act

    Criminal Procedure Code (Amendment) Act, 2011 (No. 34 of 2011). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2011-11-04 | BHS-2011-L-90307

    Makes minor wording amendments to sections 7, 9, 19, 12, 213, 235, and 237. Section 170 is amended by adding a new subsection (3) concerning abolishing the right to make an unsworn statement in answer to a criminal charge. Section 173 is amended by inserting a new subsection (10) concerning court directions to the jury with respect to alibi statements. Section 176 is repealed and replaced by a new section concerning order of speeches. Section 185 is repealed and replaced by a new section concerning evidence for arriving at proper sentence. Section 213 is repealed and replaced by a new section concerning limitation of time for proceedings for summary offences. A new subsection (4A) is added to section 258 concerning voluntary bills of indictment.

  2. Bahamas - - Law, Act

    Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act, 2011 (No. 42 of 2011). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2011-11-04 | BHS-2011-L-100377

  3. Bahamas - - Law, Act

    Penal Code (Amendment) Act, 2011 (No. 34 of 2011). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2011-11-03 | BHS-2011-L-90294

    Amends the Penal Code by setting out the circumstances that will attract the death penalty or life imprisonment of a person convicted of murder.

  4. Bahamas - - Law, Act

    Law Reform and Revision (Miscellaneous Amendments) Act, 2011 (No. 9 of 2011). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2011-06-01 | BHS-2011-L-104825

  5. Bahamas - - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    Immigration (General) (Amendment) Regulations, 2011 (S.I. No. 6 of 2011).

    Adoption: 2011-01-13 | BHS-2011-R-86360

    Amends regulation 2 of the Immigration (General) Regulations (Sub. Leg., Vol. 11, Ch. 191-3) concerning definitions as well as regulations 3 (resident cards); 4 (forms for residence, work visa, resident spouse permits and annual resident cards); 8; and 9A (issue of identity cards to permanent residents. Replaces the words "work permit" with "work visa". Also amends the first schedule.

  6. Bahamas - - Miscellaneous (circular, directive, legal notice, instruction, etc.)

    Industrial Relations (Tribunal Procedure) Rules, 2010 (S.I. No. 136 of 2010). - Rules on-line

    Adoption: 2010-11-29 | BHS-2010-M-86361

    Sets out the rules to be followed when undertaking an application in the Industrial Relations Tribunal.

  7. Bahamas - - Law, Act

    Companies (Winding-Up) (Amendment) Rules 2010 (S.I. No. 94 of 2010).

    Adoption: 2010-08-06 | BHS-2010-L-86206

    Amends Rule 2 of the principal Rules by changing the definition of "companies" to "a company which is being wound up and includes an international business company."
    Also inserts a new Schedule into the Rules concerning court fees.

  8. Bahamas - - Law, Act

    Forestry Act, 2010 (No. 20 of 2010).

    Adoption: 2010-07-01 | BHS-2010-L-86207

    Part I - Preliminary
    Part II - Administration
    Part III - Forest Reserves, Protected Forests and Conservation Forests
    Part IV - Protected Trees
    Part V - Leases, Licences and Permits
    Part VI - Forestry on Private Land
    Part VII - Powers of Officers
    Part VIII - Of fences
    Part IX - Regulations

  9. Bahamas - - Law, Act

    The Bahamas Technical And Vocational Institute Act, 2010 (No. 7 of 2010).

    Adoption: 2010-05-31 | Date of entry into force: 2011-07-01 | BHS-2010-L-84783

    1. Short title and commencement
    2. Interpretation
    3. Establishment of the Institute
    4. Common seal of the Institute
    5. Function of the Institute
    6. Establishment of a Board of the Institute
    7. President of the Institute
    8. Pensions of persons transferred from the public service to the Institute
    9. Contributory superannuation pension scheme
    10. Policy directions
    11. Discipline of students
    12. Funds and resources of the Institute
    13. General account
    14. Gift, grant or other property
    15. Financial advance
    16. Reserve Fund
    17. Revenue account
    18. Accounts and audit
    19. Annual report
    20. Regulations
    SCHEDULE - Constitution and procedures of the Board.

  10. Bahamas - - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    Merchant Shipping (Amendment) Regulations 2010 (S.I. No. 16 of 2010).

    Adoption: 2010-02-24 | BHS-2010-R-85231

    Amends the First Schedule to Sub. Leg. Vol. IV, Ch. 268-5 by increasing the monetary amounts found in the Schedule. Repeals the Merchant Shipping (Amended Fees) Order.

  11. Bahamas - - Law, Act

    Arbitration Act 2009 (No. 42 of 2009). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2009-12-31 | Date of entry into force: 2010-05-20 | BHS-2009-L-85229

    Part I - Preliminary
    Part II - Arbitration Agreement
    Part III - Stay of Legal Proceedings
    Part IV - Commencement of Arbitral Proceedings
    Part V - Confidential Information
    Part VI - The Arbitral Tribunal
    Part VII - Jurisdiction of the Arbitral Tribunal
    Part VIII - The Arbitral Proceedings
    Part IX - Powers of Court in Relation to Arbitral Proceedings
    Part X - Interim measures and Preliminary Orders
    Part XI - The Award
    Part XII - Cost of the Arbitration
    Part XIII - Powers of the Court in Relation to Award
    Part XIV - Miscellaneous
    Part XV - Supplementary [Repeals the Arbitration Act (Ch. 180) of 1889 as well as section 42 of the Limitation Act (Ch. 83).

  12. Bahamas - - Law, Act

    Police Force Act, 2009 (Act No. 3 of 2009). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2009-03-30 | BHS-2009-L-82146

    Part I - Preliminary
    Part II - Functions and Accountability
    Part III - The Commissioner of Police, Deputy Commissioner of Police and the Deployment of the Force
    Part IV - Appointments and Conditions of Service
    Part V - Powers, Duties and Privileges of Police Officers
    Part VI - Offences
    Part VII - Discipline
    Part VIII - Inspection and Review
    Part IX - Police Reserve
    Part X - Local and Special Constables
    Part XI - Police Cadets
    Part XII - Police Complaints
    Part XIII - Financial Provisions
    Part XIV - Service Outside the Bahamas
    Part XV - Miscellaneous
    Also repeals the Police Act, 1965 (Cap. 205).

  13. Bahamas - - Law, Act

    National Insurance (Amendment) Act, 2009. - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2009-03-27 | BHS-2009-L-108864

  14. Bahamas - - Law, Act

    Criminal Procedure (Plea Discussion and Plea Agreement) Act, 2008 (No. 32 of 2008). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2008-12-19 | Date of entry into force: 2008-12-22 | BHS-2008-L-81012

    Part I - Preliminary
    Part II - Plea Discussions
    Part IV - Plea Agreements
    Part V - General

  15. Bahamas - - Law, Act

    Trafficking in Persons (Prevention and Suppression) Act, 2008 (No. 27 of 2008). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2008-12-09 | Date of entry into force: 2008-12-10 | BHS-2008-L-81008

    Part I - Arrangement of Sections
    Part II - Criminal Offences and Related Provisions
    Part III - Assistance and Protection for Victims
    Part IV - Prevention of Trafficking in Persons

  16. Bahamas - - Law, Act

    Penal Code (Amendment) Act, 2008 (No. 28 of 2008).

    Adoption: 2008-12-09 | BHS-2008-L-81009

    Inserts a new section 88A into the Penal Code concerning accessories after the fact. Also repeals sections 126 and 127 and replaces them with two new sections concerning police supervision and monitoring and requirements from persons subject to supervision.

  17. Bahamas - - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    The National Insurance Benefit and Assistance (Amendment) Regulations, 2007 (S.I. No. 31 of 2007).

    Adoption: 2007-04-04 | Date of entry into force: 2007-04-01 | BHS-2007-R-76437

    Amends regulations 29, 94, and 99 and the insertion of new regulations 30A, 65A with respect to increasing benefits.

  18. Bahamas - - Law, Act

    Precursor Chemicals Act, 2007 (No. 2 of 2007).

    Adoption: 2007-01-16 | BHS-2007-L-75788

    Part I - Preliminary
    Part II - Administration and Control
    Part III - Grant, Refusal, Suspension and Revocation of Licence or Permit and Appeals
    Part IV - Registers
    Part V - Commercial Documents and Security
    Part VI - Offences and Penalties
    Part VII - Enforcement
    Part VIII - General

  19. Bahamas - - Law, Act

    Child Protection Act, 2007 (No. 1 of 2007) (Chapter 132).

    Adoption: 2007-01-16 | Date of entry into force: 2009-10-01 | BHS-2007-L-75790

    Preliminary [child is defined in interpretation section as being under 18 years old]
    Part I - Rights of the child [includes section concerning prohibition of harmful employment - section 7]
    Part II - Legal capacity and guardianship of children
    Part III - Custody
    Part IV - Family maintenance
    Part V - Proceedings to enforce right to maintenance
    Part VI - Care and protection of children
    Part VII - Approved children homes
    Part VIII - Establishment, functions and terms of reference of the National Committee for Families and Children
    Part IX - Proceedings involving children
    Part X - Representation and monitoring of children
    Part XI - Children detained or brought before a court
    Part XII - Juvenile courts
    Part XIII - Places of detention
    Part XIV - Miscellaneous
    Repeals the Children and Young Persons Act, Ch. 97.

  20. Bahamas - - Law, Act

    The Supreme Court (Amendment) Act, 2006 (No. 9 of 2006).

    Adoption: 2006-05-31 | BHS-2006-L-75326

    Amends sections 3 and 74.

  21. Bahamas - - Law, Act

    Justice Protection Act, 2006.

    Adoption: 2006-05-03 | BHS-2006-L-74778

    Makes provision for the protection of witnesses.

  22. Bahamas - - Law, Act

    Co-operative Societies Act, 2005 (No. 15 of 2005) (Ch. 314). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2005-09-29 | Date of entry into force: 2005-10-04 | BHS-2005-L-94041

    An Act respecting the registration, supervision and management of Co-operative Societies, the members of which have a common bond of philosophy and social and economic objectives.

  23. Bahamas - - Law, Act

    Early Childhood Care Act, 2004 (No. 1 of 2004).

    Adoption: 2004-06-17 | BHS-2004-L-68762

    Provides for regulation and management of day-care centres and pre-schools.

  24. Bahamas - - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    Rules of the Supreme Court (Amendment) Rules, 2004 (S.I. No. 44 of 2004).

    Adoption: 2004-06-02 | Date of entry into force: 2004-07-01 | BHS-2004-R-68763

    Made under Supreme Court Act. Amends Rules of the Supreme Court. Inter alia provides for case management by court, dispute resolution conference, case management conference procedure, powers of court, pre-trial review, and some related matters.

  25. Bahamas - - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    National Insurance (Benefit and Assistance) (Amendment) Regulations 2003. - Regulation on-line

    Adoption: 2003-04-09 | Date of entry into force: 2002-01-01 | BHS-2003-R-71735

    Amends regulations 2, 35, 36, 37, 43 and 71 of the National Insurance (Benefit and Assistance) Regulations concerning the calculation and payment of maternity benefits.

  26. Bahamas - - Law, Act

    Data Protection (Privacy of Personal Information) Act, 2003. - Data Protection (Privacy of Personal Information) Act, 2003

    Adoption: 2003 | BHS-2003-L-66855

  27. Bahamas - - Law, Act

    Bahamas Constitution (Amendment) (No. 3) Act, 2002. - Constitution (Amendment) (No. 3) Act

    Adoption: 2002-03-08 | BHS-2002-L-62120

    Replaces Article 78 of the Constitution. Regulates functions of the Attorney-General.

  28. Bahamas - - Law, Act

    Bahamas Constitution (Amendment) (No. 4) Act, 2002. - Constitution (Amendment) (No. 4) Act

    Adoption: 2002-03-08 | BHS-2002-L-62121

    Inserts a Chapter VIa into the Constitution on the Director of Public Prosecutions which provides for establishment of his office. Also regulates remuneration and tenure of office.

  29. Bahamas - - Law, Act

    Health and Safety at Work Act, 2002 (No. 2 of 2002) (CH.321C). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2002-02-21 | BHS-2002-L-60975

    Deals with various issues relating to health and safety at work. Sections 4 sets forth general duties of employers to their employees; Section 5 general duties of employers and self-employed to persons other than their employees. Section 6 regulates general duties of manufacturers as regards articles and substances for use at work. Section 7 provides for general duties of employees at work. Sections 11-15 regulate activities of work inspectors. Also provides for establishment of health and safety committees.

  30. Bahamas - - Law, Act

    Bahamas Constitution (Amendment) (No. 2) Act, 2002. - Constitution (Amendment) (No. 2) Act

    Adoption: 2002-02-01 | BHS-2002-L-62122

    Inserts Article 70(a) into the Constitution. Provides for establishment of office and functions of Parliamentary Commissioner. Parliamentary Commissioner shall have general responsibility for, and shall supervise, the registration of electors for the election of members of the House of Assembly and the conduct of elections of such members. Also regulates remuneration, and tenure of office of Parliamentary Commissioner.

  31. Bahamas - - Law, Act

    Bahamas Constitution (Amendment) (No. 5) Act, 2002. - Constitution (Amendment) (No. 5)

    Adoption: 2002-02-01 | BHS-2002-L-62123

    Amends Chapter VIII of the Constitution by inserting a Part Va which provides for establishment, composition and functions of the Teaching Service Commission.

  32. Bahamas - - Law, Act

    Minimum Wages Act, 2001 (No. 1 of 2002) (CH.321B). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2002-01-21 | BHS-2002-L-60974

    Makes provision for minimum wages. Mimimum wages are set as follows: for employment by the week: 150 dollars per week; for employment by the day: 30 dollars per day; for employment by the hour: four dollars per hour. Also provides for enforcement of minimum wages, computation of wages, premiums, records and notices, penalty for false records and information, liability of agent and special defence to employers, and work inspection.

  33. Bahamas - - Law, Act

    Status of Children Act, 2002 (No. 6 of 2002). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2002-01-01 | Date of entry into force: 2002-02-01 | BHS-2002-L-94044

    An Act to reform the law relating to children by providing for their equal status.

  34. Bahamas - - Law, Act

    Employment Act, 2001 (No. 27 of 2001) (CH.321A). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2001-12-31 | BHS-2001-L-60973

    Comprehensive legislation on conditions of employment. Part II sets forth standard hours of work, and regulates overtime pay. Parts III-V provide for sick leave, vacation leave, maternity leave and family leave. Part VI make provision for redundancy payments; Part VII regulates termination of employment with notice. Parts VIII and IX deal with summary dismissal and unfair dismissal. Part X sets forth prohibition to employ a child, and regulates working conditions in respect of young persons. Jobs for which children may be employed are listed in Schedule 1. Part XI regulates payment of wages. Part XII establishes that no employer shall require any person to furnish a set of his fingerprints or take a lie detector test as a requirement for employment. Repeals Employment of Children Prohibition Act, Employment of Young Persons Act, Fair Labour Standards Act, and Female Employees (Grant of Maternity Leave) Act.

  35. Bahamas - - Law, Act

    Merchant Shipping (Amendment) Act, 2000 (No. 34 of 2000).

    Adoption: 2000-09-29 | BHS-2000-L-58993

    Amends Merchant Shipping Act. Makes provision for registration and regulation of ships, for qualification of persons employed in the sea service, and for some related matters.

  36. Bahamas - - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    Industrial Relations (Increase of Tribunal Members) Order, 1999 (S.I. 82/1999). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 1999-09-02 | BHS-1999-R-100381

  37. Bahamas - - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    National Insurance (Benefit and Assistance) (Amendment) Regulations, 1999. - Regulation on-line

    Adoption: 1999-07-19 | BHS-1999-R-71737

    Amends regulations 14(2) of the National Insurance (Benefit and Assistance) Regulations.

  38. Bahamas - - Law, Act

    Industrial Relations (Amendment) Act, 1999 (No. 30 of 1999).

    Adoption: 1999-07-08 | BHS-1999-L-55996

    Amends section 53A of the Industrial Relations Act with regard to the number of members of the Industrial Tribunal.

  39. Bahamas - - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    National Insurance (Contributions) (Amendment) Regulations, 1998 (S.I. No. 82 of 1998). - Regulation on-line

    Adoption: 1998-12-15 | BHS-1998-R-52343

    Amends provisions of the National Insurance (Contributions) Regulations regarding the issue of the National Insurance number and records of contributions.

  40. Bahamas - - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    National Insurance (Financial and Accounting) (Amendment) Regulations, 1998 (S.I. No. 83). - Regulation on-line

    Adoption: 1998-12-15 | BHS-1998-R-52344

    Amends the National Insurance (Financial and Accounting) Regulations, with regard to the calculation of capital values of awards of periodically payable disability and death benefits. Repeals Schedules 3 and 4.

  41. Bahamas - - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    National Insurance (Benefit and Assistance) (Amendment) Regulations, 1998 (S.I. No. 84). - Regulation on-line

    Adoption: 1998-12-15 | BHS-1998-R-52345

    Amends provisions of the National Insurance (Benefit and Assistance) Regulations. The amendments regard time limits for initial claims for medical care, entitlement to pension for persons who are employed, contributions, and related matters. Inter alia, requires persons who receive pension to produce evidence at regular intervals that they are still eligible for pension.

  42. Bahamas - - Law, Act

    Hospital and health care facilities Act, 1998. (No. 34 of 1998)

    Adoption: 1998-08-25 | BHS-1998-L-59161

    An Act to provide for the licensing of hospital and health care facilities and for matters incidental hereto.

  43. Bahamas - - Law, Act

    Guarantee of Loans (Tourism Development) Act, 1998 (No. 33 of 1998). - Act on-line

    Adoption: 1998-08-12 | Date of entry into force: 1998-08-14 | BHS-1998-L-81014

    An Act to provide for the guarantee by the Government of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas of loans by financial institutions for Family Island touristic development and for purposes connected thereto.

  44. Bahamas - - Law, Act

    Health Professions Act, 1998 (No. 31 of 1998).

    Adoption: 1998-08-06 | BHS-1998-L-51178

    Establishes a Health Professions Council which shall register health professionals, monitor their professional conduct, and administer disciplinary proceedings.

  45. Bahamas - - Law, Act

    Guarantee of Loans (Small Businesses) Act, 1998 (No. 25 of 1998). - Act on-line

    Adoption: 1998-07-24 | Date of entry into force: 1998-08-14 | BHS-1998-L-81015

    An Act to provide for the guarantee by the Government of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas of loans by financial institutions to small business and for purposes connected thereto.

  46. Bahamas - - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    Rules of the Supreme Court (Amendment) Rules, 1997 (S.I. No. 92 of 1997).

    Adoption: 1997-12-02 | BHS-1997-R-49084

    Amends Order 53 of the Supreme Court rules regarding cases appropriate for application for judical review, grant of leave for judicial review, claims for damages, and related matters.

  47. Bahamas - - Law, Act

    Immigration (Amendment) Act, 1997 (No. 4 of 1997).

    Adoption: 1997-02-03 | BHS-1997-L-46585

    Amends the Immigration Act by providing for a residence permit without work restrictions to persons born outside of the Bahamas to a mother who is a Bahamas citizen, and to persons who are married to Bahamas citizens.

  48. Bahamas - - Law, Act

    Industrial Relations (Amendment) Act, 1996.

    Adoption: 1996 | BHS-1996-L-44850

    Replaces Part III of the Industrial Relations Act, relating to recognition of trade unions. Employers shall recognize any trade union which represents more than 50 per cent of employees. Sets forth procedures in the case where more than one union claims to represent the majority of employees. Employers shall not discriminate against or intimidate employees who are members or representatives of unions. Inserts a new Part IVA establishing an Industrial Tribunal, which shall hear and determine trade disputes and register industrial agreements within non-essential services. The Tribunal may award damages. Decisions by the Tribunal may be appealed in the Court of Appeal.

  49. Bahamas - - Law, Act

    Public Holidays (Amendment) Act, 1995 (No. 28 of 1995).

    Adoption: 1995-10-20 | BHS-1995-L-42599

    No employee shall be required to work on Sundays without employee's consent; any employee working on Sunday shall be renumerated at the rate applicable for work on a public holiday. Also lists which types of establishments may operate on Sundays.

  50. Bahamas - - International agreement

    Convention créant l'Association des Etats de la Caraïbe (ensemble deux annexes), faite à Carthagène des Indes le 24 juillet 1994 (publiée par le décret n° 98-450 du 4 juin 1998). - Convention

    Adoption: 1994-07-24 | INT-1994-IA-50297

    L'Association est un organisme de consultation, de concertation et de coopération dont l'objectif est d'identifier et de promouvoir la mise en oeuvre de politiques et de programmes visant notamment à renforcer, utiliser et développer les capacités collectives de la Caraïbe afin de parvenir à un développement soutenu dans les domaines culturel, économique, social, scientifique et technologique. La participation de la France est ouverte comme membre associé au titre de la Guadeloupe, de la Guyane et de la Martinique.

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