St. Lucia

Ease of Doing Business in

St. Lucia

This page summarizes Doing Business 2016 data for St. Lucia. The first section presents the Ease of Doing Business rank (out of 189 economies) and the distance to frontier (DTF)** measure, overall and by topic. The second section summarizes the key indicators for each topic benchmarked against regional averages.

Economy Overview

 
Region Latin America & Caribbean
Income Category Upper middle income
Population 183,598
GNI Per Capita (US$) 7,090
City covered Castries
Doing Business 2016 Rank Doing Business 2015 Rank
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DOING BUSINESS 2015 RANK

Last year's rankings are adjusted. They are based on 10 topics and reflect data corrections.

Change in Rank
77 73 down -4

Doing Business 2016 DTF (% points)
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DISTANCE TO FRONTIER SCORE

The distance to frontier score shows how far on average an economy is at a point in time from the best performance achieved by any economy on each Doing Business indicator since 2005 or the third year in which data for the indicator were collected. The measure is normalized to range between 0 and 100, with 100 representing the frontier. Read more...

Doing Business 2015 DTF (% points)
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DISTANCE TO FRONTIER SCORE

The distance to frontier score shows how far on average an economy is at a point in time from the best performance achieved by any economy on each Doing Business indicator since 2005 or the third year in which data for the indicator were collected. The measure is normalized to range between 0 and 100, with 100 representing the frontier. Read more...

Change in DTF (% points)
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DISTANCE TO FRONTIER SCORE

The distance to frontier score shows how far on average an economy is at a point in time from the best performance achieved by any economy on each Doing Business indicator since 2005 or the third year in which data for the indicator were collected. The measure is normalized to range between 0 and 100, with 100 representing the frontier. Read more...

64.20 64.19 down 0.01

Enforcing Contracts

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Enforcing Contracts

The ease or difficulty of enforcing commercial contracts is measured below. This is determined by following the evolution of a payment dispute and tracking the time, cost, and number of procedures involved from the moment a plaintiff files the lawsuit until actual payment.

DB 2016 Rank 67 DB 2015 Rank
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DOING BUSINESS 2015 RANK

Last year's rankings are adjusted. They are based on 10 topics and reflect data corrections.

68 Change in Rank up1
DB 2016 DTF (% points)
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DISTANCE TO FRONTIER SCORE

The distance to frontier score shows how far on average an economy is at a point in time from the best performance achieved by any economy on each Doing Business indicator since 2005 or the third year in which data for the indicator were collected. The measure is normalized to range between 0 and 100, with 100 representing the frontier. Read more...

60.87 DB 2015 DTF (% points)
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DISTANCE TO FRONTIER SCORE

The distance to frontier score shows how far on average an economy is at a point in time from the best performance achieved by any economy on each Doing Business indicator since 2005 or the third year in which data for the indicator were collected. The measure is normalized to range between 0 and 100, with 100 representing the frontier. Read more...

60.87 Change in DTF (% points)
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DISTANCE TO FRONTIER SCORE

The distance to frontier score shows how far on average an economy is at a point in time from the best performance achieved by any economy on each Doing Business indicator since 2005 or the third year in which data for the indicator were collected. The measure is normalized to range between 0 and 100, with 100 representing the frontier. Read more...

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Indicator St. Lucia Latin America & Caribbean OECD high income
Time (days)
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Time (days)

The time to resolve a dispute, counted from the moment the plaintiff files the lawsuit in court until payment. This includes both the days when actions take place and the waiting periods between.

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635.0 736.9 538.3
Cost (% of claim)
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Cost (% of claim)

The cost in court fees and attorney fees, where the use of attorneys is mandatory or common, expressed as a percentage of the debt value.

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37.3 30.8 21.1
Quality of judicial processes index (0-18)
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Quality of judicial processes index (0-18)

The quality of judicial processes index measures whether each economy has adopted a series of good practices in its court system in four areas: court structure and proceedings, case management, court automation and alternative dispute resolution.

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12.0 8.4 11.0
Indicator
Time (days) 635
Filing and service 11.0
Trial and judgment 444.0
Enforcement of judgment 180.0
Cost (% of claim) 37.3
Attorney fees 29.3
Court fees 2.0
Enforcement fees 6.0
Quality of judicial processes index (0-18) 12
Court structure and proceedings (0-5) 5.0
Case management (0-6) 3.0
Court automation (0-4) 1.5
Alternative dispute resolution (0-3) 2.5
Answer Score
Quality of judicial processes index (0-18) 12.0
Court structure and proceedings (0-5) 5.0
1. Is there a court or division of a court dedicated solely to hearing commercial cases? Yes 1.5
2. Small claims court 1.5
2.a. Is there a small claims court or a fast-track procedure for small claims? Yes
2.b. If yes, is self-representation allowed? Yes
3. Is pretrial attachment available? Yes 1.0
4. Are new cases assigned randomly to judges? Yes 1
Case management (0-6) 3.0
1. Time standards 1.0
1.a. Are there laws setting overall time standards for key court events in a civil case? Yes
1.b. If yes, are the time standards set for at least three court events? Yes
1.c. Are these time standards respected in more than 50% of cases? Yes
2. Adjournments 0.0
2.a. Does the law regulate the maximum number of adjournments that can be granted? No
2.b. Are adjournments limited to unforeseen and exceptional circumstances? No
2.c. If rules on adjournments exist, are they respected in more than 50% of cases? n.a.
3. Can two of the following four reports be generated about the competent court: (i) time to disposition report; (ii) clearance rate report; (iii) age of pending cases report; and (iv) single case progress report? Yes 1.0
4. Is a pretrial conference among the case management techniques used before the competent court? Yes 1.0
5. Are there any electronic case management tools in place within the competent court for use by judges? No 0.0
6. Are there any electronic case management tools in place within the competent court for use by lawyers? No 0.0
Court automation (0-4) 1.5
1. Can the initial complaint be filed electronically through a dedicated platform within the competent court? No 0.0
2. Is it possible to carry out service of process electronically for claims filed before the competent court? Yes 1.0
3. Can court fees be paid electronically within the competent court? No 0.0
4. Publication of judgments 0.5
4.a Are judgments rendered in commercial cases at all levels made available to the general public through publication in official gazettes, in newspapers or on the internet or court website? No
4.b. Are judgments rendered in commercial cases at the appellate and supreme court level made available to the general public through publication in official gazettes, in newspapers or on the internet or court website? Yes
Alternative dispute resolution (0-3) 2.5
1. Arbitration 1.5
1.a. Is domestic commercial arbitration governed by a consolidated law or consolidated chapter or section of the applicable code of civil procedure encompassing substantially all its aspects? Yes
1.b. Are there any commercial disputes—aside from those that deal with public order or public policy—that cannot be submitted to arbitration? No
1.c. Are valid arbitration clauses or agreements usually enforced by the courts? Yes
2. Mediation/Conciliation 1.0
2.a. Is voluntary mediation or conciliation available? Yes
2.b. Are mediation, conciliation or both governed by a consolidated law or consolidated chapter or section of the applicable code of civil procedure encompassing substantially all their aspects? Yes
2.c. Are there financial incentives for parties to attempt mediation or conciliation (i.e., if mediation or conciliation is successful, a refund of court filing fees, income tax credits or the like)? No

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