Jamaica's Administrative Structure

International Country Code: JM

Type of Government: Parliamentary Democracy

Capital: 14 parishes; Clarendon, Hanover, Kingston, Manchester, Portland, St. Andrew, St. Ann, St. Catherine, St. Elizabeth, St. James, St. Mary, St. Thomas, Trelawny, and Westmoreland.

Independence: 6 August 1962 (from UK)

Legal System: Based on English Common Law.

Suffrage: 18 years of age; universal.
Executive Branch: Head of State: QUEEN ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952),

represented by a Governor General. His Excellency The Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, ON, GCMG, CD, the current holder has held this office since February 26th, 2009.

Head of Government: Prime Minister. The Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller has held this office since January, 2012.

Cabinet: Cabinet appointed by the Governor General on the advice of the Prime Minister.

Legislative Branch: Bi-cameral Parliament

Senate: Consists of a 21-member body appointed by the Governor General. 13 persons on the advice of the Prime Minister and 8 persons on the recommendation of the Leader of The Opposition.

House of Representatives: Consists of 63 elected officials from a General Election. (last held 9th December 2011.)

Judicial Branch: Judicial Committee of the Privy Council (Great Britain) Court of Appeal of Jamaica. The Supreme Court of Jamaica, Resident Magistrates Courts, Petty Sessions Courts.


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