St. Lucia is a sovereign island nation in the Comonwealth of Nations located in the Windward Islands in the Lesser Antilles. Like most Commonwealth nations, the appointed Governor-General represents the Queen, while executive power rests with the Prime Minister and cabinet. The legislative branch is run by the 17-member two-chambered House of Assembly. Because it was both a French and English colony before it gained independence on February 11, 1979, the legal system is a mix of civil and English common law. The judiciary is part of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court system; the headquarters of the Eastern Caribbean Surpeme Court is in Castries, St. Lucia's capital.
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