Countries having an Uncodified/Unwritten Constitution
Before we go looking into the countries, having the Uncodified or Unwritten constitution
, I would like to elaborate on the term
”. Because we all know the meaning of the constitution and its applicability in any
This is a Constitution where the
and rules are taken out through many Customs, Usages, Precedent, legal statutes, and a number of legal instruments.
Generally in all the Democratic countries, we can see they have their own Constitution in a written and codified in an
. We can also say that here the codified means the compiling of the
or rules, under which the people of that country are governed. Sometimes these rules depend on the circumstances and situation of the cases. We can often observe that different
on the same matter passes different judgment. It means that there is “not any written Provision codified in any official document
. Also, this form of constitution is considered to be the
form in all.
Uncodified Constitution countries
- United Kingdome
- in the UK, there is no such codified
defining document called
. This is because that there has never been any revolution
to change the system. It is continuously being defined as the term “Acts of Parliament”
During some of the time, it could turn to be constitution like in
Treaty of Union 1707.
In fact, not having a codified constitution, he added several acts in constitutional statutes e.g. Freedom of information act 2000, Human Rights act 1997
fixed-term Parliament Act 2011.
It means that the UK has written statutes but it
hasn’t codified them.
– Similar to the UK,
Canada doesn’t have a codified constitution.
In place of that, it has the
And each province of Canada has its own ruling and statutes according to its jurisdiction. One of them has codified his constitution
his name is British Colombia
and the Roles and Powers are codified in section 93
constitution act 1867
. And later on, it amended the act according to the other provinces like
and new Found land Act,
– in the early period the
“Declaration of independence
” promised a Constitution by 2 October 1948
, but due to some opposition parties it could not fulfill its promise till yet.
- New Zealand
– New Zealand constitution is totally uncodified
and we can say that it has a
mixture of written and unwritten constitutions
. The Law system of this country is being operated by the constitution act 1986.
Similar to the above countries many other countries have an unwritten form of constitution
and the justice system of such countries is going through the customs and the practices of their society. The name of such other countries is as follows-
San Marino, Saudi Arabia, and China.