Our Constitution

The Constitution of the Commonwealth of Dominica is the supreme law of the land and was set out in 1978; the year that Dominica gained its independence from Britain.

It is divided into ten chapters which are as follows:
Chapter I – Protection of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms
Chapter II – The President
Chapter III – Parliament
Chapter IV – The Executive
Chapter V – Finance
Chapter VI – The Public Service
Chapter VII – Citizenship Chapter VIII – Judicial Provisions
Chapter IX – Parliamentary Commissioner
Chapter X – Miscellaneous

Chapter one of the Commonwealth of Dominica Constitution is probably the most well known. It lays out seventeen fundamental rights and freedoms. Such rights include the entitlement to life regardless of race, sex, political affiliation, religious conviction, or place of origin. There is also protection of right of life, protection from deprivation of property without compensation, freedom of conscience and expression and the right to assemble and associate.

In addition to offshore company registration, our professional services comprise second citizenship which is important in light of uncertainty worldwide. St. Kitts and Nevis program for second passports via citizenship by investment accepts applications under the Sugar Investment Diversification Fund and the Citizenship by Investment program. Professional service providers offer experienced support to second citizenship applicants.

The question of who can hold Dominica citizenship is dealt with in Chapter VII. According to the Commonwealth of Dominica Constitution, persons born in Dominica who were citizens of the United Kingdom and Colonies before the commencement (of the Constitution) become citizens of Dominica at the commencement; the date of commencement being 3rd November 1978. The same condition applied to children born outside of Dominica but of Dominican parentage. Post commencement every person born on the island is a citizen except if the parents are non-Dominicans who have diplomatic immunity. If Dominica is at war with a country any person born in a place that is under enemy occupation will not be granted citizenship. A Commonwealth citizen over the age of 18 residing in Dominica for seven years can apply for citizenship as well as minors who are the step or adopted children of Dominicans.

The Commonwealth of Dominica Constitution is founded on the acceptance of the supremacy of God, the belief in the freedom and privileges accorded to man by his Creator. It proposes the fair distribution of social resources to the benefit of all to ensure the highest quality of life and health so that no one should be forced or coerced into servitude because of the lack of a good economic standing. It gives every Dominican, as a citizen of a democratic society, the right to determine and participate in its institutions in order to evoke respect for lawfully-constituted authority. Freedom is guaranteed by respect for moral and spiritual values and the rule of law.

Where there is a conflict with another law the Commonwealth of Dominica Constitution prevails and the other law is made void to the extent of the inconsistency. The constitution gives Parliament the power to make alterations to it in so far as the procedures set out in Section 42 of the constitution are followed.
The Constitution of The Commonwealth of Dominica, Constitution for Dominica