Saint Kitts and Nevis is a constitutional-democratic
federal state after the Constitution of 1983. The British
Queen is the titular head of state; she is represented by a
Governor-General and a Deputy Governor-General at Nevis.
Legislative authority has been added to a national assembly
of 14 members, three nominees and 11 elected in the general
election from single constituencies, eight from St. Kitts
and three from Nevis. Nevis has its own five-member local
assembly. Nevis' assembly may, on certain terms, decide to
leave the federation, which is the case.
The country is divided into 14 parishes. Also see AbbreviationFinder for abbreviation of KN and its meanings of St. Kitts and Nevis.
The supreme court is the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court,
which includes a court of appeal and a court of law, based
on St. Lucia. One of the nine judges in the Superior Court
is in charge of St. Kitts and Nevis and presides over the
court of summary jurisdiction. There are also magistrate
dishes that judge in minor cases.
Saint Kitts and Nevis' defense
Saint Kitt and Nevis have volunteer military service. A
department of volunteers and a special unit within the
police was established in 1981 for defense purposes. The
country is part of the regional security system agreed by
the independent states of the area in 1982. In 1997,
Parliament approved plans to establish a permanent army.