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  1. Jamaica - General provisions - Law, Act

    Special Economic Zones (Amendment) Act, 2017 (No. 37 of 2017). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2017-12-19 | JAM-2017-L-108379

    Amends section 2 of the Act by deleting the definition of "Minister".

  2. Jamaica - General provisions - Law, Act

    Constitution (Amendment) (Established Fund) (Payment of Pensions) Act, 2017 (No. 23 of 2017). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2017-10-23 | JAM-2017-L-108375

    Repeals and replaces section 133 of the Constitution on pensions in the public service and amends section 134.

  3. Jamaica - General provisions - Law, Act

    Integrity Commission Act, 2017 (No. 26 of 2017). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2017-10-23 | JAM-2017-L-108376

    The law establishes an Integrity Commission. The goal of the Act is to promote and enhance ethical conduct for parliamentarians, public officials and other persons by consolidating the laws relating to the prevention of corruption.

  4. Jamaica - General provisions - Law, Act

    Law Reform (Zones of Special Operations) (Special Security and Community Development Measures) Act, 2017 (No. 15 of 2017). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2017-07-14 | JAM-2017-L-108377

    The Act sets out special measures to uphold and preserve the rule of law, public order, citizen security and public safety within certain geographical areas of Jamaica. The Government may declare an area a Zone of Special Operations if there are reasonable grounds to believe that there is "rampant criminality, gang warfare, escalating violence and murder and the threat to the rule of law and public order."

  5. Jamaica - General provisions - Law, Act

    Proceeds of Crime (Amendment) Act, 2016 (Act 19 of 2016). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2016-12-14 | JAM-2016-L-104881

  6. Jamaica - General provisions - Law, Act

    Special Economic Zones Act, 2016 (Act No. 7 of 2016). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2016-02-15 | JAM-2016-L-102695

    Repeals the Jamaica Export Free Zones Act of 1982. Makes provisions with respect to the development, regulation, supervision, construction, management and control of export free zones in Jamaica.

  7. Jamaica - General provisions - Law, Act

    Representation of the People (Amendment) Act, 2016 No. 10. - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2016-02-15 | JAM-2016-L-104879

  8. Jamaica - General provisions - Law, Act

    Cybercrimes Act, 2015 (Act No.31 of 2015). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2015-12-21 | JAM-2015-L-102690

    Repeals and replaces the Cybercrimes Act, 2010.

  9. Jamaica - General provisions - Law, Act

    Criminal Justice (Administration) (Amendment) Act, 2015 (Act No. 29 of 2015). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2015-11-27 | JAM-2015-L-102689

  10. Jamaica - General provisions - Law, Act

    Constitution (Amendment) (Local Government) Act, 2015 (Act No. 14 of 2015). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2015-07-29 | JAM-2015-L-102688

  11. Jamaica - General provisions - Law, Act

    Criminal Justice (Suppression of Criminal Organizations) Act, 2014 (Act No. 3 of 2014). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2014-04-04 | JAM-2014-L-98287

    AN ACT to Make provision for the disruption and suppression of criminal organizations; and for related matters.

  12. Jamaica - General provisions - Law, Act

    Proceeds of Crime (Amendment) Act, 2013 (Act 26 of 2013). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2013-10-13 | JAM-2013-L-98285

  13. Jamaica - General provisions - Law, Act

    Law Reform (Flogging and Whipping) (Abolition) Act, 2013 (Act No. 5 of 2013). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2013-03-21 | JAM-2013-L-98283

    Repeals the Crime Prevention Act and the Flogging Regulation Act.

  14. Jamaica - General provisions - Constitution

    The Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedom (Constitutional Amendment) Act, 2011 (No. 12 of 2011). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2011-04-07 | JAM-2011-C-95194

    Repeals and replaces Chapter III of the Consititution concerning fundamental Rights and Freedom. These rights include the right to freedom from discrimination on the grounds of sex, race, place of origin, social class, colour, religion or political opinions; the right to protection from torture, or inhuman or degrading punishment or other treatment.

  15. Jamaica - General provisions - Law, Act

    Constitution (Amendment) Act, 2011 (Act No. 13 of 2011). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2011 | JAM-2011-L-95200

    Amends provision 91 of the Constitution concerning appeal procedures for persons sentenced to the death penalty.

  16. Jamaica - General provisions - Law, Act

    Criminal Justice (Plea Negotiations And Agreement) Act (Acts 34 of 2005 and 30 of 2010). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2010-11-01 | JAM-2010-L-98317

  17. Jamaica - General provisions - Law, Act

    Sexual Offences Act, 2009 (Act No. 12 of 2009). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2009-10-20 | JAM-2009-L-95206

    Act Act to repeal the Incest (Punishment) Act and certain provisions of the Offences Against the Person Act; to make new provision for the prosecution ofrape and other sexual offences; to provide for the establishment ofa Sex Offender Registry; and for connected matters.

  18. Jamaica - General provisions - Law, Act

    Proceeds of Crime Act, 2007 (Act 4 of 2007). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2007-03-02 | JAM-2007-L-76123

    Part I - The Assets Recovery Agency
    Part II - Forfeiture Orders and Pecuniary Penalty Orders
    Part III - Restraint Orders
    Part IV - Civil Recovery of the Proceeds etc. of Unlawful Conduct
    Part V - Money Laundering
    Part VI - Investigations
    Part VII - General

  19. Jamaica - General provisions - Law, Act

    Maintenance Act, 2005 (No. 30 of 2005).

    Adoption: 2005-12-06 | JAM-2005-L-73665

    Provides obligations between spouses to maintain each other as well as on parents to maintain their children and on persons to maintain their parents and grandparents. The Act also repeals the old Maintenance Act and the Affiliation Act and amends the Matrimonial Causes Act.

  20. Jamaica - General provisions - Law, Act

    Criminal Justice (Plea Negotiations and Agreements) Act, 2005.

    Adoption: 2005-02-15 | JAM-2005-L-70861

    Introduces a regulated system of plea bargaining to facilitate efficient administration of criminal matters.

  21. Jamaica - General provisions - Constitution

    Charter of Rights and Freedoms (Constitutional Amendment) Bill, 2003 (No. 16). Bill: not yet in force.

    Adoption: 2003-04-29 | JAM-2003-C-64786

    Includes new charter of rights and freedoms in the Constitution. Protected rights and freedoms include the following: life, liberty and security of the person; freedom of thought, conscience, belief and observance or religious and political doctrines; freedom of expression; right to seek, distribute or disseminate to any other person, information, opinions and ideas through any media; freedom of peaceful assembly and association; freedom of movement; due process of law; equality before the law; freedom from discrimination on the grounds of race, social class, colour, religion, sex, place of origin or political preference; as well as a number of other basic rights.

  22. Jamaica - General provisions - Law, Act

    Political Ombudsman (Interim) Act, 2002 (Act 25 of 2002). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2002-08-15 | JAM-2002-L-98316

    The Political Ombudsman is a commission of Parliament, the members of which are appointed by the Governor General after consultation with the Prime Minister and Opposition Leader. Its objective is to investigate complaints about political parties.

  23. Jamaica - General provisions - Law, Act

    Charter of Rights (Constitutional Amendment) Act, 2001.

    Adoption: 2001-04-11 | JAM-2001-L-59350

    Sets forth charter of basic rights and freedoms. Protected rights and freedoms include: life, liberty and security of the person; freedom of conscience, belief and observance of religious and political doctrines; freedom of expression; right to seek, distribute or disseminate to any other person, information, opinions and ideas through any media; freedom of peaceful assembly and association; freedom of movement; due process of law; equality before the law; fair and humane treatment by any public authority or essential entity in the exercise of any of its functions; freedom from discrimination of any kind such as race, social class, colour, religion, gender or political preference; enjoyment and beneficial ownership of property; respect of private and family life, privacy of home and of communication; rights of the child; and participation in elections. Bill: Not yet approved.

  24. Jamaica - General provisions - Law, Act

    Public Defender (Interim) Act (Act 33 of 1999). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2000-04-16 | JAM-2000-L-98315

    The Public Defender is commissioned by the Governor General, after consultation with the Prime Minister and Opposition Leader. Their role is to protect and enforce the rights of citizens.

  25. Jamaica - General provisions - Law, Act

    Fundamental Rights (Additional Provisions) (Interim) Act (Act No. 16 of 1999). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 1999-03-26 | JAM-1999-L-73492

    Provides for the right to vote, the right to fair treatment from public authorities, the right to be granted a passport. The Act to remain in force until the inclusion of these rights in the constitution after the adoption of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms (Constitutional Amendment) Act.

  26. Jamaica - General provisions - Law, Act

    Mutual Assistant (Criminal Matters) Act (Act No. 5 of 1995). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 1995-07-14 | JAM-1995-L-90328

    Part I - Preliminary
    Part II - Requests by Jamaica
    Part III - Requests by Foreign States
    Part IV - General

    Provides that the Evidence by Commission Act, 1859 (of the United Kingdom) and the Foreign Tribunals Act, 1856 (of the United Kingdom) shall cease to have effect in Jamaica after the 14th day of July, 1995.

  27. Jamaica - General provisions - 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.

  28. Jamaica - General provisions - Constitution

    Citizenship (Constitutional Amendment) Act, 1994 (No. 4 of 1994).

    Adoption: 1994-03-28 | Date of entry into force: 1993-03-01 | JAM-1994-C-48540

    Provides for acquisition of Jamaican citizenship for both males and females who married Jamaican citizens or persons who would have become Jamaican citizens if they had not died.

  29. Jamaica - General provisions - Constitution

    Citizenship (Constitutional Amendment) Act, 1993 (No. 6 of 1993).

    Adoption: 1993-03-09 | Date of entry into force: 1993-03-01 | JAM-1993-C-48539

    Provides for citizenship through either parent by persons born outside of Jamaica.

  30. Jamaica - General provisions - Law, Act

    Criminal Records (Rehabilitation of Offenders) Act (Act No. 18 of 1988). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 1988-09-30 | JAM-1988-L-73482

    Part I - Spent convictions
    Part II - Expungement of spent convictions
    Part III - Miscellaneous

  31. Jamaica - General provisions - Constitution

    Cabinet (Constitutional Amendment) Act, 1986 (No. 16 of 1986).

    Adoption: 1986-11-27 | JAM-1986-C-48538

    A minimum of two and a maximum of four Ministers from the Senate shall be included in the Cabinet.

  32. Jamaica - General provisions - Law, Act

    The Representation of the People (Interim Electoral Reform) Act.

    Adoption: 1979-09-07 | JAM-1979-L-31832

  33. Jamaica - General provisions - Law, Act

    Criminal Justice (Reform) Act (Act 7 of 1978). - Laws of Jamaica

    Adoption: 1978-11-01 | JAM-1978-L-31829

  34. Jamaica - General provisions - Law, Act

    Workers Savings and Loan Bank Act (Act No. 26 of 1973). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 1973-06-23 | JAM-1973-L-73508

    Establishes the Workers Savings and Loan Bank.

  35. Jamaica - General provisions - Law, Act

    Law Reform (Husband and Wife) Act (Act No. 11 of 1970). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 1970-04-28 | JAM-1970-L-90261

    Regulates the situation when one partner brings a tort action against the other.

  36. Jamaica - General provisions - Law, Act

    The Jamaican Nationality Act. - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 1962-08-06 | JAM-1962-L-31027

  37. Jamaica - General provisions - Constitution

    Jamaica (Constitution) Order in Council Act, 1962 (S.I. 1962 No. 1550). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 1962-08-06 | JAM-1962-C-31426

    Sets forth provisions [incorporating all changes through December 1989] regulating the Executive, the Parliament and the Judicature. Chapter II deals with citizenship, marriage to a citizen of Jamaica, deprivation of citizenship and commonwealth citizens. Chapter III provides for fundamental rights and freedoms of the individual, protection of right to life, freedom of movement, protection from inhuman treatment, freedom of conscience, freedom of expression, freedom of assembly and association, protection from discrimination and racial discrimination. Chapter IV concerns the establishment of the office of the Governor-General, personal staff of the Governor General and his functions. Chapter V relates to the composition of Parliament, powers and procedure of Parliament and delimitation of constituencies. Chapter VI provides for the appointment and responsibilities of Ministers and permanent Secretaries. Chapter VII deals with the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, appeals to Her Majesty in Council and Judicial Service Commission. Chapter VIII contains provisions regarding finance. Chapter IX deals with the appointment of public officers, police officers and pensions law.

  38. Jamaica - General provisions - Law, Act

    Jamaica Independence Act, 1962. - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 1962-07-19 | JAM-1962-L-73495

    Contains provisions for the attainment by Jamaica of fully responsible and independent status within the British Commonwealth.

  39. Jamaica - General provisions - Law, Act

    Criminal Justice (Administration) Act (Cap. 83). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 1960 | JAM-1960-L-73480

    Part I - Criminal procedure
    Part II - Habitual crimes
    Part IIA - Supervision of restricted persons
    Part III - As to reserving questions of law for the consideration of the Court of Appeal
    Part IV - Matters concerning writ of habeas corpus and order of certiorari.

  40. Jamaica - General provisions - Law, Act

    The Industrial Incentives Act. - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 1956-08-23 | JAM-1956-L-31430

    This Act provides for the declarations of approved products, income tax benefits and customs duties.

  41. Jamaica - General provisions - Law, Act

    Representation of the People Act (Cap. 342). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 1944-11-20 | JAM-1944-L-104880

  42. Jamaica - General provisions - Law, Act

    Crime (Prevention of) Act (Cap. 305). - Act on-line (as amended to 1972)

    Adoption: 1942-07-29 | JAM-1942-L-73479

  43. Jamaica - General provisions - Law, Act

    The Treason Felony Act. - The Treason Felony Act (as amended)

    Adoption: 1869-03-06 | JAM-1869-L-31834

  44. Jamaica - General provisions - Law, Act

    Offences Against the Person Act (Cap. 269). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 1864 | JAM-1864-L-73502

    Sets out offences against the person including homicide, assualt, rape, protection of women and girls, suppression of brothels, child stealing, bigamy, abortions, infanticide, unnatural offences. It also provides that every person convicted of capital murder is to be sentenced to death except in the case of pregnant women (section 3).


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