Saint Lucia has ranked 36 among 113 countries on the rule of law according to the World Justice Project (WJP).
The WJP today released its 2016 annual report measuring how the rule of law is experienced by the general public worldwide.
A WJP release stated that this country’s overall rule of law performance places it at 8 out of 30 countries in the Latin America and Caribbean region.
Saint Lucia also places at 5 out of 37 among upper-middle income countries.
“The 2016 edition expands coverage to 113 countries and jurisdictions from 102 in 2015, relying on more than 100,000 household and expert surveys to measure how the rule of law is experienced in practical, everyday situations by the general public worldwide,” the WJP release said.
It noted that performance is measured using 44 indicators across eight primary rule of law factors, each of which is scored and ranked globally and against regional and income peers: Constraints on Government Powers, Absence of Corruption, Open Government, Fundamental Rights, Order and Security, Regulatory Enforcement, Civil Justice, and Criminal Justice.
The top three overall performers in the WJP Rule of Law Index 2016 were Denmark (1), Norway (2), and Finland (3); the bottom three were Afghanistan (111), Cambodia (112), and Venezuela (113).
In the Latin America & Caribbean region, the top performer was Uruguay; the bottom performer was Venezuela.
The World Justice Project (WJP) is an independent, multidisciplinary organization working to advance the rule of law.