Turks Caicos

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1. Introduction

a. History and background

The Turks and Caicos Islands (the Islands) are situated some 600 miles to the south-east of Florida. They have the status of a British overseas territory presided over by the governor as the Queen’s representative and a House of Assembly (formerly a Legislative Council). On 14 August 2009 the UK government partially suspended parts of the Turks and Caicos Islands Constitution. This suspension will apply for a period of two years, subject to extension or abbreviation as necessary. During this period the Governor will be responsible for the governance of the Turks and Caicos Islands, assisted by an Advisory Council and a Consultative Forum

The official currency is the US dollar (USD).

b. Legal system

The laws of the Islands are governed by a written Constitution; however, the Courts have regard to a mixture of English common law, some UK statutes, which have been extended in whole or in part to the Islands, and local statutes (Ordinances), as well as a number of international conventions to which the UK is party. The Islands have a Supreme Court and a Court of Appeal from which appeals lie to the Privy Council in the UK.

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Conrad Griffiths QC TEP
Misick and Stanbrook, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands


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