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The Commonwealth

Regroups 53 States
Head Office: London
Website: www.thecommonwealth.org

Legal Systems: 19 of Common law; 10 of Civil law/Common law; 8 of Common law/ Customary law; 6 of Common law/Muslim law/Customary law; 4 of Civil law/Common law/Customary law; 3 of Common law/Muslim law; 2 of Civil law/Customary law; 1 of Muslim law

Alphabetical Index of the Commonwealth Member States and corresponding legal systems

Antigua and Barbuda Common law
Australia Common law
Bahamas Common law
Bangladesh Muslim law / Common law
Barbados Common law
Belize Common law
Botswana Civil law / Common law
Brunei Muslim law / Common law / Customary law
Cameroon Civil law / Common law / Customary law
Canada Common law (except Quebec)
Cyprus Common law / Civil law
Dominica Common law
Fiji* Islands Common law
Gambia Muslim law /Common law / Customary law
Ghana Common law / Customary law
Grenada Common law
Guyana Common law / Civil law
India Common law / Muslim law / Customary law
Jamaica Common law
Kenya Common law / Customary law / Muslim law
Kiribati Common law
Lesotho Common law /Civil law / Customary law
Malawi Common law / Customary law
Malaysia Muslim law / Common law / Customary law
Maldives Muslim law
Malta Civil law / Common law
Mauritius Civil law / Common law
Mozambique Customary law / Civil law
Namibia Common law / Civil law
Nauru** Common law
New Zealand Common law
Nigeria Common law / Muslim law / Customary law
Pakistan*** Muslim law / Common law
Papoua New Guinea Customary law / Common law
Saint Kitts and Nevis Common law
Saint Lucia Civil law / Common law
Saint Vincent and the Grenadine Common law
Samoa Common law / Customary law
Seychelles Common law / Civil law
Sierra Leone Common law / Customary law
Singapore Common law / Muslim law
Solomon Islands Common law / Customary law
South Africa Civil law / Common law
Sri Lanka Civil law / Common law / Customary law
Swaziland Civil law/ Customary law
Tanzania Common law / Customary law
Tonga Common law
Trinidad and Tobago Common law
Tuvalu Common law
Uganda Common law / Customary law
United Kingdom Common law (except Scotland)
Vanuatu Civil law / Common law / Customary law
Zambia Common law / Customary law

 

*     Fiji Islands was suspended from the Councils of the Commonwealth in December 2006 following a military coup.
**   Nauru is a member in arrears
*** Pakistan  was suspended in november 2007

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Last updated: 2009.12.15