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Name: Commonwealth of Dominica Constitution Order 1978 (S.I. No. 1027 of 1978) [consolidated version].
Country: Dominica
Subject(s): Constitutional law
Type of legislation: Constitution
Adopted on: 1978
Entry into force:
ISN: DMA-1991-C-43389
Bibliography: Constitutions of the Countries of the World, 1997-03, Albert P. Blaustein, Gisbert H. Flanz, Oceana Publications, Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., USA, 111 p.
Constitution as amended up to 1984 (in English) Constitution as amended up to 1984 (in English) Political Database of the Americas, Georgetown University, USA (consulted on 2006-11-08)
Constitution on-line (as amended to 1984) Constitution on-line (as amended to 1984) Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica PDF PDF (consulted on 2010-06-11)
Abstract/Citation: Sets out the Constitution. Chapter I outlines fundamental rights and freedoms, including the right to life (the death penalty is prohibited by art. 3), the right to property, freedom from forced labour and discrimination due to race and sex (art. 13), and the freedom of expression, assembly, and movement. There shall be no derogation from articles 3 and 13 under emergency laws (art. 14). Chapter II outlines the responsibilities of the President, who holds a term of 5 years. Chapter III governs the election of Parliament; Chapter IV relates to executive ministries. Provisions relating to the public service, including appointment and dismissal procedures, are outlined in Chapter VI. Chapter VII relates to citizenship. Chapter VIII provides a High Court with jurisdiction over constitutional matters, and regulates other aspects of the judiciary. Chapter IX creates a Parliamentary Commissioner, with the purpose of investigating complaints against government bodies.

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