George Adolphus Bennett

The Constitution of Barbados is the supreme law of the nation. The constitution was ratified on November 30th 1966 when Barbados became an Independent nation.

As Barbados was a British colony from 1625 to 1966, much of Barbadian law is based on English law. After Independence in 1966 the Barbados parliament became responsible for the passage of new laws and amendments.

The Barbados court system is comprised of: Magistrates’ Courts; Supreme Court (High Court and Court of Appeal); and the Caribbean Court of Justice.

Criminal Laws:

Visitors to Barbados should particularly note these activities which are illegal:

  • Dressing in, or carrying, items made of camouflage material
  • Drugs (marijuana, cocaine, heroin, etc)
  • Topless sunbathing
  • Prostitution
  • Gambling (excluding slots and lotteries)

What is General Practice Law?

It means that the attorney does not limit their law practice or specialty to one particular area of law. Instead the attorney will practice law in several areas such as criminal law, accident and personal injury law, bankruptcy, business law, family law, estate planning, insurance law, litigation, and real estate.