Historical Foundations of Jamaican Law

Historical Foundations of Jamaican Law

Historical Foundations of Jamaican Law

Historical Foundations of Jamaican Law

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The scope of this book covers the period between Admiral Penn's landing in Jamaica with the British expeditionary force in 1655, and Percival James Patterson's tenure as prime minister of Jamaica in the 1990s. These two gentlemen have been singled out as the persons with the greatest influence on Jamaican affairs at the beginning and at the end of the period.

The desire to produce a book of this nature was driven by the realization that when the author checked the shelves of the public law libraries, he did not see any work which represented the period in question. It appears that if we are to supply our literary demand in general, and the legal one in particular, we have to produce our own legal publications.

Jamaicans, especially those in the legal profession, can hardly expect our friends from overseas, be they colonial masters or otherwise, to continue to supply our literary needs. As Leila Palmer has wisely observed in the foreword to this publication, there is a dearth of printed material put out by the legal profession in Jamaica. The author does not know of any profession which depends more on the printed word for its sustenance than does the legal profession. The obvious question, therefore, is this: where is the material to come from if the profession that depends on it so much does not employ the initiative to produce it?

Having decided to produce a short Jamaican legal history, the author considered a number of different approaches. The approach he has chosen is to select a number of the statutory provisions which have been leg-

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