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Penal System

Laws governing the Mauritian penal system are derived partly from old French codes and English law. The judicial system consists of the Supreme Court, presided over by the chief justice and five other judges who also serve as judges of the Court of Appeal, the Industrial Court, and ten district courts. Final appeal can be made to the Queen's Privy Council in Britain; approximately 50 percent of the Supreme Court rulings referred to the Privy Council have been reversed. There are no political or military courts in Mauritius. The prison system consists of four facilities; a prison, a rehabilitation center, a youth institution, and an industrial school. The daily average prison population is 700.

Data as of August 1994