Constitution of the Commonwealth of Dominica of 1978, updated through Act 22 of 1984. Constitution of the Commonwealth of Dominica of 1978, updated through Act 22 of 1984.

1978 No. 1027


The Commonwealth of Dominica Constitution Order 1978

Made 25th July 1978
Coming into Operation 3rd November 1978
At the Court at Buckingham Palace, the 25th day of July 1978
The Queen's Most Excellent Majesty in Council
Whereas the status of association of Dominica with the United Kingdom is to terminate on 3rd November 1978 and it is necessary to establish a new constitution for Dominica as a sovereign democratic republic within the Commonwealth styled the Commonwealth of Dominica:

And whereas the Associated State of Dominica has, by a resolution passed in the House of Assembly thereof on 12th July 1978, requested and consented to the making of this Order for that purpose:

Now, therefore, Her Majesty, by virtue and in exercise of the powers vested in Her in that behalf by section 5(4) of the West Indies Act 1967(a), is pleased, by and with the advice of Her Privy Council, to order, and it is hereby order, as follows: --

Citation and commencement.

  1. This Order may be cited as the Commonwealth of Dominica Constitution Order 1978.
  2. This Order shall come into operation on 3rd November 1978:
    Provided that paragraph 3(8) of Schedule 2 shall come into operation forthwith.

2. The Dominica Constitution Order 1976(b), the Dominica Constitution (Amendment) Order 1971(c) and the Constitution (Ministerial Provisions) (Amendment) Act, 1975(d), which made provision for the constitution of the Associated State of Dominica, are revoked.

Establishment of Constitution.
3. The Constitution of the Commonwealth of Dominica set out in Schedule 1 to this Order shall come into effect in Dominica at the commencement of this Order subject to the transitional provisions set out in Schedule 2 to this Order.

N. E. Leigh.
Clerk of the Privy Council.

(a) 1967 c. 4. (b) S.I. 1967/226. (c) S.I. 1971/714. (d) Act No. 32 of 1975. click here for Table of Contents