Barbados’s Constitution of 1966 with Amendments through 2007

Judicial Independence

Article 18. […] 1. If any person is charged with a criminal offence, then, unless the charge is withdrawn, the case shall be afforded a fair hearing within a reasonable time by an independent and impartial court established by law. […]

Judicial Council or Parallel Institution

Article 89. 1. There shall be a Judicial and Legal Service Commission for Barbados, which shall consist of the following persons: a. the Chief Justice, who shall be Chairman; b. the Chairman of the Public Service Commission or some other member of the Public Service Commission nominated by the Chairman to represent him at any meeting of the Judicial and Legal Service Commission; […]. Article 93. 1. Subject to the provisions of this Constitution, power to make appointments to the offices to which this section applies and to remove and to exercise disciplinary control over persons holding or acting in such offices is hereby vested in the Governor-General, acting in accordance with the advice of the Judicial and Legal Service Commission. c. three other members (hereinafter called “the appointed members”) appointed in accordance with the provisions of subsection (2).

Attorney General’s Office

Article 101. 1. The Director of Public Prosecutions (in this section referred to as “the Director”) shall be appointed by the Governor-General, acting on the recommendation of the Judicial and Legal Service Commission, by instrument under the Public Seal.

Human Rights Council

Reimagining justice: confronting contemporary challenges to the independence of judges and lawyers, June 26, 2023

General Assembly

Judicial independence in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, October 14, 2022

Human Rights Council

Protection of lawyers against undue interference in the free and independent exercise of the legal profession, June 21, 2022

General Assembly

Participation of women in the administration of justice, October 13, 2021

Human Rights Council

Report on Impact and challenges of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic for independent justice, June 28, 2021

General Assembly

Report on Disciplinary Proceedings Against Judges, October 15, 2020

Human Rights Council

Report: Independence of Public Prosecutors, Corruption and Human Rights, July 13, 2020

General Assembly - October 16, 2019

Report on the UN Basic Principles on the Independence of the Judiciary

Human Rights Council - June 24, 2019

Report on freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly of judges and prosecutors