The SBA Administration (SBAA)
The Administration is in effect the civil government of the SBAs. The Headquarters of the SBAA is at Episkopi. Its range of interest is that of any civil government but, many of its functions, particularly in respect of the Cypriot inhabitants of the SBAs, are carried out by Republican officials on behalf of the Administration under delegated powers. The SBAA itself carries out those minimum functions directly related to the exercise of sovereignty – the enactment of legislation, maintenance of law and order and the control of immigration and development.
The Administrator, who is also Commander British Forces Cyprus (BFC), has all the executive and legislative authority of the governor of a dependent territory. His advisers are drawn from senior civilian and military staff within the Administration.
The Chief Officer is responsible to the Administrator for the day-to-day running of the civil government of the SBAs, and provides policy advice on political matters related to our military activity in the SBAs.
The Attorney General and Legal Adviser drafts SBA legislation, presents criminal cases in the SBA Court and provides legal advice to the Administration and BFC.
The Administrative Secretary directs the policy and planning work of SBAA HQ staff, the Area Offices and the Fiscal Officer. He also provides policy, political and presentational advice, and other secretariat support, to British Forces Cyprus.
There is an Area Office within in each of the SBAs, headed by a (Cypriot) Area Officer, to deal with the day-to-day business of the SBA. The Area Offices are the interface with the Cypriots who live and work in the SBAs. Together with the Administrative Officer in HQ SBAA, the Area Officers act as the main focal point for liaison with the Republic of Cyprus authorities.
A Customs Service, which covers immigration and taxation;
The Court administers the laws of the Sovereign Base Areas. These comprise the laws of the Colony of Cyprus as at August 1960, as amended by Ordinances enacted subsequently. The Laws of the Sovereign Base Areas are kept as far as possible the same laws of the republic of Cyprus.
The Court of the Sovereign Base Area is concerned with non-military offences committed by any person within the SBAs. That includes offences committed by British servicemen, by the families of servicemen, by Cypriots, and others such as tourists, of whom some 2 million per year transit the Sovereign Base Areas. A Resident Judge, who hears cases at the two SBA courts and is reinforced, as necessary, by senior judges brought out from the UK. The Court administers the laws of the Sovereign Base Areas. These comprise the laws of the Colony of Cyprus as at August 1960, as amended by Ordinances enacted subsequently. The Laws of the Sovereign Base Areas are kept as far as possible the same laws of the Republic of Cyprus;
The SBA have their own Police Force with primary jurisdiction over all offences committed in the SBAs whoever is involved, except that this jurisdiction is not normally exercised in respect of offences committed by Service personnel on duty. The Chief Constable is also responsible for the SBA Prison at Dhekelia.
COSTS AND STAFF
The SBAA budget is about £10m per year. Approximately 80% covers salaries and the remainder covers works services (mostly roads) and miscellaneous civil government expenditure. The military authorities supply goods and services to assist the SBAA in performing it's tasks.
The SBA Administration employs over 300 staff, over 75% of which are Police and Customs Officers. 90% of the staff are local employed Cypriots from both Greek and Turkish communities.
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