The family of a Toronto man allegedly beaten to death by Grenadian police during a visit to the tropical island is pressing for an out-of-court settlement with the government.

Family lawyer Derick Sylvester says he expects the government will accept civil liability for the death of Oscar Bartholomew.

He says he will be "shocked" if government does not do so and the family will then launch a lawsuit.

Five police officers are charged with manslaughter after 39-year-old Oscar Bartholomew, on a visit to Grenada last month, died in police custody.

Sylvester says there is "absolutely no doubt" police beat the "bound and gagged" father of three to death.

The accused officers, who face 15 years in prison if convicted, have yet to enter a plea and none of the allegations have been tested in court.

The men are expected to make bail on Friday.