THE SERVICE COMMISSIONS

The establishment of the Service Commissions in 1951 was one of the initiatives taken by the British Colonial Offices in the process of devolving more responsible government to Barbados on the way towards internal self-governance and eventual independence.  Prior to Independence, the Service Commissions were an entirely consultative body.  There was no obligation on the part of either the Governor or the Colonial Officer to take their advice.  However, when Barbados became independent in 1966, the Service Commissions were enshrined in the Constitution.  There are three Service Commissions namely the Public Service Commission, Police Service Commission and the Judicial and Legal Service Commission.