The Islands of St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha comprise an internally self-governing Overseas Territory of the United Kingdom. Within the territory, there are three separate, but intricately-related, legal systems. The information provided here, and in the links, relates specifically to St. Helena.

St. Helena has its own legislature, empowered to make laws known as Ordinances. Many of the Ordinances enable an authority (for example, the Governor in Council) to make detailed ‘secondary legislation’ in the form of Rules, Regulations, or Orders. It is these Ordinances, and their associated secondary legislation, to which this page provides links.

All of these ‘local laws’ are made under the authority of St Helena’s Constitution, which is found in an Order in Council made under the Saint Helena Act, 1833. This is because ultimate legislative and executive authority for the British Overseas Territories resides in the British Crown. The Saint Helena Act can be found at http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/Will4/3-4/85/contents; the Order in Council is at http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2009/1751/contents/made.

Ukraine – Measures in respect of actions undermining Ukraine: 

Following the recent events in the Ukraine, the European Council and the UK Government have taken action in respect of restricting financial dealings with certain persons alleged to be involved. The Orders are the Ukraine (Sanctions)(Overseas Territories)(No. 2) Order 2014 (S.I. 2014/1100) and the Ukraine (Sanctions)(Overseas Territories)(No. 3) Order 2014 (S.I. 2014/1098) which came into force on 30 April 2014.

Under the Orders the Governor is required to publish such list of names but may do so by reference to the website displaying such details. The link to that website is:-

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=uriserv:OJ.L_.2014.137.01.0003.01.ENG

In relation to any matter which is not covered by a local law, we use relevant English law – see the English Law Application Ordinance, to which a link can be found at the appropriate alphabetical place below.

The Local Laws 

ADMINISTRATION OF ESTATES ORDINANCE, Cap.33

Administration of Justice Ordinance

Agriculture and Livestock Improvement Ordinance, Cap 94 

Airport Development Ordinance

Animals (Diseases) Ordinance 96

ANIMALS’ TRESPASS ORDINANCE,Cap.168

Ascension Island Supplementary Appropriation

Aviation Ordinance

Bees Ordinance,Cap.98

Birds Protection Ordinance

Births and Deaths (Registration) Ordinance 

BRITISH NATIONALITY (FEES ETC.) ORDINANCE,Cap.41

Building Control Ordinance

Burial Grounds Ordinance,Cap.164

CENSUS ORDINANCE,Cap.159

Charities Ordinance

Civil Procedure Ordinance

CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETIES ORDINANCE,Cap.112

COMMISSIONERS FOR OATHS ORDINANCE,Cap.18

Commission for Equality and Human Rights Ordinance

COMMISSIONS OF ENQUIRY ORDINANCE,Cap.16

 COMMUNITY CENTRES ORDINANCE,Cap.162

Companies Ordinance

Conservation and Management of Fishery Resources Ordinance

Constitution of St Helena Ascension and Tristan da Cunha – 310712

CONSULAR CONVENTIONS ORDINANCE,Cap.44

 CONSULAR RELATIONS ORDINANCE,Cap.43

Coroners and Presumption of Death Ordinance

Court of Appeal Ordinance, Cap 8

Courts (Appointment of Deputies) Rules

Courts (Rules) Ordinance

Courts Extension of Jurisdiction Ordinance

Criminal Damage Ordinance,Cap.25

Criminal Justice Sentencing Ordinance

Criminal Procedure Ordinance

Crown Proceedings Ordinance,Cap.35

Currency Ordinance

145 Customs Ordinance

Dentists-Ordinance,Cap.51

Dogs and Cats Ordinance

Drugs (Prevention of Misuse) Ordinance,2003

Drugs Trafficking Offences Ordinance

Education Ordinance

Elections Ordinance

Electricity Ordinance

Emergency Powers Ordinance, Cap 137

Employees Compensation Ordinance,Cap.121

Employment Rights Ordinance

English Law (Application) Ordinance

Environmental Protection Ordinance

166 Enterprise St Helena Ordinance [310712]

Environmental Protection Ordinance

Financial Services

Fire-Service-Ordinance,Cap.134

138 Firearms Ordinance

Fish and Fish Products Ordinance

Fishery Limits Ordinance,Cap.88

Food Safety Ordinance

Foreign-Judgments-Ordinance,Cap.19

Forestry Ordinance, Cap 92

French-Government-Lands-Vesting-Ordinance,Cap.71

Friendly-Societies-Ordinance,Cap.113

Gaming Machines Ordinance, 156

Goals Ordinance, Cap 133

Health-and-Safety-Ordinance,Cap.54

High-Seas-Fishing-Ordinance,Cap.99

Highways-Ordinance,Cap.102

Immigration Ordinance

Imperial-Probates-Ordinance,Cap.34

Income Tax Ordinance

Interpretation Ordinance, Cap 3

Ionising-Radiation-Protection-Ordinance,Cap.59

Juries Ordinance

Law Officers Ordinance,2013

Land Acquisition Ordinance

Land Planning and Development Control Ordinance 

Lay-Advocates-Ordinance,Cap.13

Legal-Aid-and-Legal-Services-Ordinance,Cap.17

Legislative-Council-Proceedings-Ordinance,Cap.6

Legislative Council (Remuneration and Allowances) Ord 310712

Light-Dues-Ordinance,Cap.148

Liquor Ordinance

Liquor Duty Ordinance

Magistrates’ Court Ordinance

Marriage Ordinance,Cap.80

Matrimonial Causes Ordinance

Media Standards Ordinance

Medical Practitioners Ordinance

Mental Health and Mental Capacity Ordinance

Merchant-Shipping-Ordinance,Cap.46

Minerals Vesting Ordinance

Mining-Ordinance,Cap.69

Money-Laundering-Ordinance,2008

103 Motor Vehicles Third Party Insurance Ordinance – 310712

Mutual-Organisations-Ordinance,2008

National-Parks-Ordinance,2003

Nurses-and-Midwives-Ordinance,Cap.52

Obscene-Publications-Ordinance,Cap.27

Official Foster Care Regulations – 21.12.16 – Approved by ExCo

Passport (Fees) Ordinance,Cap.42

Pasturage-Government-Lands-Ordinance,Cap.95

Patents (Registration) Ordinance, Cap.129

Pensions Ordinance

 Petroleum Ordinance 

Pharmacy-and-Poisons-Ordinance,Cap.53

Plants Protection Ordinance,Cap.93

Police-and-Criminal-Evidence-Ordinance,Cap.29

Police Service Ordinance

Port-Health-Ordinance,Cap.62

Ports Ordinance

Port Security Ordinance,2006

Post Office Ordinance,Cap.108

Powers-of-Attorney-Ordinance,Cap.36

Price-Control-Ordinance,Cap.117

Protection-of-Animals-Ordinance,Cap.76

Protection-of-Women-Ordinance,Cap.28

Protection of Wrecks and Marine Archaeological Heritage Ordinance

Public Finance Ordinance

49 Public Health Ordinance

Public Holidays Ordinance

Public-Order-Ordinance,Cap.136

Public-Trustee-Ordinance,Cap.14

Race-Relations-Ordinance,Cap.84

Recreation and Playgrounds Ordinance 310712

Registered-Land-Ordinance,Cap.65

Revised Edition of the Laws Ordinance, Cap.2

Road Traffic Ordinance cap 101 – 310712

Road Traffic Ordinance Not in force yet

Services-Tax-Ordinance,2011

Sheriff-of-St-Helena-Ordinance,Cap.15

Social Security Ordinance 310712

Spear Guns Control Ordinance

Special-Funds-Ordinance,2012

St Helena Fisheries Corporation Ordinance

St-Helena-National-Trust-Ordinance,Cap.77

Stamp Duties Ordinance,Cap.152

Statistics-Ordinance,Cap.169

Summary-Offences-Ordinance,Cap.24

Supreme-Court-Dependencies-Ordinance,Cap.12

Telecommunications Ordinance, Cap 106

Termites-Ordinance,Cap.165

Tobacco Control Ordinance, 2011

Trade Marks (Registration) Ordinance, Cap.127

Trade Unions and Disputes Ordinance

United-Kingdom-Designs-(Protection)-Ordinance,Cap.128

Utility Services Ordinance

Vaccination Ordinance

Water Ordinance, Cap 55

Weights and Measures Ordinance,Cap.123

Welfare of Children Ordinance