Jamaica is part of the Greater Antilles and one of the larger islands in the Caribbean. It gained independence from the UK on August 6, 1962 and now operates as a parliamentary democracy in the British Commonwealth. Jamaica has a Governor-General, appointed by the Queen, and a Prime Minister leading the cabinet and the executive branch, which shares legislative power with the parliament. The Court of Appeal heads the judicial branch, which includes the Gun Court and the Supreme Court of Jamaica, based on the English Common Law system of the UK judiciary.
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