Cook Islands Constitution Act 1964

The Constitution of the Cook Islands


1 Interpretation

Part I
The Government of the Cook Islands

2 The Head of State

The High Commissioner of the Cook Islands

3 High Commissioner of the Cook Islands

4 Oath of office

5 High Commissioner to act on advice

6 Information to High Commissioner

7 Deputy of the High Commissioner

The House of Arikis of the Cook Islands

8 The House of Arikis of the Cook Islands

9 Functions of House of Arikis

10 Members to take Oath of Allegiance

11 Attendance of Premier and other persons at House of Arikis

11A Procedure

11B Privileges of House of Arikis and its members

Part II
The Executive Government of the Cook Islands

12 Executive authority


13 Cabinet

14 Duration of office of members of Cabinet

15 Official oath

16 Assignment of responsibilities to Ministers

17 Summoning of Cabinet

18 Cabinet procedure

19 When decision of Cabinet takes effect

20 Secretary to the Cabinet

21 One Minister may act for another

The Executive Council

22 Executive Council

23 Clerk of the Executive Council

24 Meetings of Executive Council

25 Consideration of Cabinet decisions by Executive Council

The Seal of the Cook Islands

26 Seal of the Cook Islands

Part III
The Legislative Government of the Cook Islands

The Legislative Assembly

27 Legislative Assembly of the Cook Islands

28 Nationality and residential qualifications of electors and candidates

29 Meetings of Legislative Assembly

30 Members to take Oath of Allegiance

31 The Speaker of the Legislative Assembly

32 Tenure of office of Speaker

33 Deputy Speaker

34 Procedure

35 Languages

36 Privileges of Legislative Assembly and of its members

37 Prorogation and dissolution of Legislative Assembly

38 Clerk of the Legislative Assembly

39 Power to make laws

40 No property to be taken compulsorily without compensation

41 Power of Legislative Assembly to repeal or amend this Constitution

42 Introduction of Bills, etc, into Legislative Assembly

43 Restrictions with regard to financial measures

44 Assent to Bills by High Commissioner

45 Commencement of Acts

46 Power of New Zealand Parliament to legislate for the Cook Islands

Part IV
The Judiciary

The High Court of the Cook Islands

47 High Court established

48 Judges and Commissioners of the High Court

49 Commissioners of the High Court

50 Acting Chief Judge of the High Court

51 Acting Judge of the High Court

The Land Court of the Cook Islands

52 Land Court established

53 Judges and Commissioners of the Land Court

54 Commissioners of the Land Court

The Land Appellate Court of the Cook Islands

55 Land Appellate Court of the Cook Islands

56 Judges of the Land Appellate Court

Appointment, tenure of office, and salaries of Judges and Commissioners

57 Appointment of Judges and Commissioners

58 Tenure of office of Judges and Commissioners

59 Removal of Judges from office

60 Salaries of Judges

Appeals from High Court

61 Appeal from High Court to Supreme Court of New Zealand

62 Transmission of order of Supreme Court on appeal

63 No appeal to Court of Appeal

Justices of the Peace

64 Justices of the Peace

Oath of Allegiance and Judicial Oath

65 Oath of Allegiance and Judicial Oath

The Judicial Service Commission

66 The Judicial Service Commission

Part V
The public revenues of the Cook Islands

67 Public Funds

68 Restriction on taxation

69 Public revenue

70 Revenue and expenditure of Cook Islands Government Account

71 Audit

Part VI
The Cook Islands Public Service

72 The Cook Islands Public Service

73 Secretary of the Premier's Department

74 Cook Islands Public Service to be under the control of Secretary of the Premier's Department

75 Staff of Council of State

76 Board of Appeal

Part VII
Transitional provisions

77 Existing law to continue

78 High Commissioner of the Cook Islands

79 Appointment of first Ariki members of Council of State [Repealed]

80 Legislative Assembly of the Cook Islands

81 Ordinances of former Legislative Council or Legislative Assembly

82 The High Court

83 The Land Court

84 The Land Appellate Court

85 Justices of the Peace

86 Cook Islands Government Account

87 Secretary of the Premier's Department

88 Power of Governor-General to make regulations