Supreme Court of Burma

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Supreme Court of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar
High Court, Yangon, Myanmar.jpg
Supreme Court Building
Country Burma/Myanmar
Location Naypyitaw (near Pyinmana)
Authorized by Constitution of Myanmar
Judge term length 70 years retirement age
Number of positions 11
Chief Justice
Currently Tun Tun Oo
Since 30 March 2011

The Supreme Court of Burma is the highest court in Burma (or Myanmar). The former building, located between Maha Bandula Garden Street and Pansodan Street in Kyauktada Township, downtown Yangon, used to house the highest appeals court in Myanmar.[1] (The new high court has been moved to Office No.54, Naypyidaw, the country's new capital since 2006.)

Designed by architect James Ransome, construction of the High Court began in 1905 and was completed in 1911,[2][3] and is noted for its British Queen Anne Style architecture, including its clock tower and its red-bricked exterior. The building is listed on the Yangon City Heritage List. Located near Yangon City Hall, the building faces the Independence Monument and the Maha Bandula Park.

The rulings of the court are not always independent of the military government.[4]


Panoramic view over the western side of Square ward building


Yangon High Court 
Yangon High Court 
Seen across from the Maha Bandula Park 
Front lobby of the High Court shortly after World War II 
Lobby staircase in 2012 


  1. ^ Reid & Grosberg (2005), p.105
  2. ^ Falconer et al. (2000), p. 78
  3. ^ World and Its Peoples: Eastern and Southern Asia By Marshall Cavendish, p. 633
  4. ^ Thinn, Nyo Nyo (2006). The Legal System in Myanmar and Foreign Legal Assistance. Law and Development Forum


  • Falconer, John; Invernizzi, Luca; Kahrs, Daniel; Moore, Elizabeth; Tettoni, Luca Invernizzi; Birnbaum, Alfred; Cummings, Joe (2000). Burmese design & architecture. Tuttle Publishing. ISBN 978-962-593-882-0
  • Reid, Robert; Grosberg, Michael (2005). Myanmar (Burma). Lonely Planet. ISBN 978-1-74059-695-4

Coordinates: 16°46′23.28″N 96°9′39.34″E / 16.7731333°N 96.1609278°E / 16.7731333; 96.1609278