Introduction to Jamaica

White sand beaches, tropical forests and unique wildlife with the friendly island population are what most people think of when they think of the island of Jamaica. Jamaica is the third-largest island of the Greater Antilles and a major player in the Caribbean economy. It sits 191 kilometers west of Hispaniola and is hem to the Taino people. It is an increasingly diverse community, settled first by the Spanish and then the British before gaining independence in 1962. Today it draws immigrants from around the world who want to enjoy the island lifestyle.

As a tropical island, Jamaica is known for its rich and diverse ecosystem. It has many species found nowhere else in the world, including the Jamaican hutia and the Jamaican slider turtle. It is a picturesque island filled with friendly people, making it a popular place for international students to pursue their degrees.

What Is the Law System in Jamaica?

Jamaica follows the common law system which is based largely on the system that originated in England. In fact, the legal system in Jamaica was inherited from England and largely follows the same practices as the system currently used in the United Kingdom. Under this system, the courts have significant power. Jamaica's court decisions are binding authority for similar cases in the future, provided the courts are equal to or lower than the deciding court.