Dominica acceded to the Convention on May 28, 2010. The Dominican legal system is founded in the common law tradition. Dominica has a contradictory/accusatory criminal process. Treaties ratified by Dominica are not applied automatically, but must be incorporated in its legislation, and therefore cannot be applied directly. The fundamental penal norms are contained in common law and various statutes including the Criminal Law and Procedure Act, the Money Laundering (Prevention) Act and the Integrity in Public Office Act.
Dominica has reformed its legal framework to strengthen its regime against corruption. The cornerstone in this fight is the Integrity in Public Office Act, which was passed by the Parliament on April 30, 2003. The Integrity in Public Office (Commencement) Order 2008 defined September 1, 2008, as the effective date of the entry into force of the Act. This Act provides for the creation of an Integrity Commission with the purpose of establishing integrity and accountability for public officials.
The most prominent institutions in the fight against corruption are the Financial Intelligence Unit, the Police, the Customs Department, the Director of Public Prosecutions, the Integrity Commission, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Read the entire Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption (PDF, 180 KB) documents.