Rule-based jurisdiction

Mauritius has a hybrid legal system, combining both the civil and common law practices. As such, its legal system is governed by principles derived both from the French Code Napoleon and the British common law.

The Supreme Court of Mauritius is the superior court of the island, having unlimited jurisdiction to hear and determine any civil or criminal proceedings under any law other than a disciplinary law and such jurisdiction and powers as may be conferred upon it by the Constitution or any other law.

Mauritius has, after acceding to the status of Republic, retained the right of appeal to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council, which remains the highest appellate court of the country.

Strong legal system

In the past ten years, the legal framework of Mauritius has seen dramatic changes as far as commercial legislation is concerned. Commercial activities are now regimented by targeted, incisive and comprehensive legislations which cater for the regulation and promulgation of commercial activities both onshore and offshore.