The legal system in the English speaking Caribbean islands is radically different from the Dominican Republic, Haiti, St. Maarten, or Aruba. In those islands which are independent countries, among them being Jamaica, Trinidad, the Bahamas, Barbados, Grenada etc. the laws are generally based on the English common law system which is similar to the legal system in the United States. However, one radical difference from the civil and criminal laws in the English speaking Caribbean islands is that in a criminal case, for example, just like in the United Kingdom, a person must generally prove himself to be innocent unlike in the United States were a person is innocent until the state or federal government prosecutor proves the accused to be guilty beyond a reasonable doubt before a jury of his peers. In the former British colonies in the Caribbean, the courts are also often very slow moving. In many cases, foreigners are discriminated against and judges often side with local citizens during a legal dispute creating a justice system which often appears very one-sided.