Government of St. Kitts & Nevis

The Law Commission - An arm of the Ministry of Justice and Legal Affairs



ABOUT THE 2002, 2009, 2017 AND 2020 REVISED EDITIONS

The Government of St. Kitts and Nevis in its mandate to provide laws that are current, easy to understand, relevant and accessible, and in keeping with the rule of law and the Constitution, completed another revision supplemental to the 2002 Revised Edition of the laws and ordinances, this time the 2020 Revised Edition.

Now, in the order of revisions are the 2002, 2009, 2017 and 2020 Revised Editions.

All the revisions involved new enactments to Acts, subsidiary legislation and the Ordinances for Nevis.

For that reason, with the exception of the 2002 Revised Edition, the other revisions are not general revisions. As such, the laws which were not affected in the 2002, 2009 and 2017 Revised Editions remained unchanged, namely the Acts applicable to Saint Christopher and Nevis and the Ordinances for Nevis. In this regard, the first supplement, the 2009 Revised Edition, contained the laws consolidated and revised as at 31st December 2009, which is also applicable to the 2017 and 2020 supplements.

This Edition, that is, both the 2017 and 2020 Revised Editions of the Laws of Saint Christopher and Nevis and Ordinances for Nevis was prepared under the authority of the Law Commission Act, No. 27 of 2012, in conjunction with the staff of the Law Commission Office, namely, Ms. Josephine Mallalieu and Mr. Rohan Walters and The Regional Law Revision Centre in Anguilla; whereas, the 2002 and 2009 editions were done under the authority of the Law Revision Act, No. 9 of 1986, by former Chief Parliamentary Counsel Mr. Israel Serwano Mukasa and the Staff of the Attorney General Chambers.

The Law Commission Act repealed and replaced the Law Revision Act as referenced.
The 2020 Edition contains new enactments to the Acts, Ordinances and subsidiary legislation in force in Saint Christopher and Nevis up to 31st December, 2020.

It is important to note that the 2002, 2009, 2017 Revised Editions of the laws and ordinances are not being replaced by the 2020 Revised Edition; this revision is an updated supplement to the laws data base and must be understood and applied in that sense.