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Ease of Doing Business in

St Lucia

St Lucia Download Profile (1711.8KB, pdf)
Region Latin America & Caribbean
Income Category Upper middle income
Population 184,999
GNI Per Capita (US$) 7,390
City covered Castries

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DB 2017 Rank

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100

DB 2017 DTF (% points)

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Topics DB 2017 Rank DB 2016 Rank info_outline Change in Rank DB 2017 DTF (% points) info_outline DB 2016 DTF (% points) info_outline Change in DTF (% points) info_outline
Overall 86 78 down
8
63.13 63.47 down
0.34
Starting a Business 66 63 down
3
88.80 88.68 up
0.12
Dealing with Construction Permits 54 50 down
4
74.54 74.51 up
0.03
Getting Electricity 56 29 down
27
79.78 83.94 down
4.16
Registering Property 104 103 down
1
59.16 59.19 down
0.03
Getting Credit 157 152 down
5
25.00 25.00
-
Protecting Minority Investors 87 85 down
2
53.33 53.33
-
Paying Taxes 65 63 down
2
78.09 78.09
-
Trading across Borders 81 80 down
1
73.87 73.24 up
0.63
Enforcing Contracts 71 70 down
1
59.94 59.94
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Resolving Insolvency 114 110 down
4
38.79 38.73 up
0.06

Positive=Doing Business reform making it easier to do business. Negative=Change making it more difficult to do business.

DB 2017 Rank: 71

DB 2016 Rank: 70

Change in Rank: down1

DB 2017 DTF (% points): 59.94

DB 2016 DTF (% points): 59.94

Change in DTF (% points): 0.00

Claim value: XCD 39,562
Court name: Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, Castries High Court of Justice
City: Castries
Indicator St Lucia Latin America & Caribbean OECD high income
Time (days) info_outline 635.0 749.1 553.0
Cost (% of claim) info_outline 37.3 31.3 21.3
Quality of judicial processes index (0-18) info_outline 11.5 8.4 11.0
  • Indicator
    Time (days) 635
    Filing and service 11
    Trial and judgment 444
    Enforcement of judgment 180
    Cost (% of claim) 37.3
    Attorney fees 29.3
    Court fees 2.0
    Enforcement fees 6.0
    Quality of judicial processes index (0-18) 11.5
    Court structure and proceedings (0-5) 4.5
    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) 11.5
    Court structure and proceedings (0-5) 4.5
    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, but manual 0.5
    5. Does a woman's testimony carry the same evidentiary weight in court as a man's? Yes 0.0
    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