Commonwealth Latimer House Principles on the Separation of Powers

The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) played a key role in the establishment of the Commonwealth Latimer House Principles on the separation of powers. The Commonwealth Latimer House Principles (officially titled: Commonwealth (Latimer House) Principles on the Three Branches of Government) highlight the importance of the separation of powers between the Legislature, the Executive and the Judiciary to ensure effective governance and democracy. The Latimer House Principles provide guidance on the role of the separation of powers in the Commonwealth, its effectiveness in providing democratic governance and the role of civil society.

First published in 1988/89, the Commonwealth Latimer House Principles were further revised and updated in 2003 and again in 2008/09. The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) was a partner in the establishment of the Commonwealth Latimer House Principles together with partners: The Commonwealth Secretariat, the Commonwealth Magistrates and Judges Association (CMJA), the Commonwealth Lawyers Association and the Commonwealth Legal Education Association.

To access the Commonwealth Latimer House Principles please click here.

For further information about the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), the Commonwealth Latimer House Principles on the separation of powers and to find out about programmes available for your Parliament or Legislature please contact the CPA Headquarters Secretariat via hq.sec@cpahq.org.

Updated 12 April 2019/CPAHQ