Supreme Court of Burundi

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The Supreme Court of Burundi (French: Cour Suprême) is the highest civil and criminal court in Burundi. It is composed of three chambers, the Judicial Chamber (chambre judiciaire), the Administrative Chamber (chambre administrative), and the Chamber of Cassation (chamber de cassation) together with a united chambers (chambres réunies). The Judicial Chamber is divided into two sections: a section of First Instance (section du premier degré) and an Appelate Section (section d`appel).[1] There is also a National Department of Public Prosecutions attached.[2]

The Supreme Court has nine members, including the Court President, who are nominated by the Judicial Service Commission and appointed by the President of the Republic after the approval of the Senate.[3]

The Supreme Court may sit together with the Constitutional Court constituting the High Court of Justice which has special powers, such as the ability to try an incumbent President or government ministers for treason.[4]

The Supreme Court was established with the independence of Burundi in 1962 and its current form is regulated by the Law of 25 February 2005.[1]

The President of the Supreme Court is referred to as the Chief Justice.

List of Chief Justices
  • c.2001–c.2005: Adrien Nyankiye
  • 2009–2011 :Sandile Ngcobo
  • c.2013-?: Emmanuel Jenje
  • October 2015-: Sylvestre Mpawenayo[5]

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  1. ^ a b "Historique de la Cour Suprême au Burundi". AHJUCAF. Retrieved 27 November 2016. 
  2. ^ "Judiciary Reform: Arusha Peace and Reconciliation Agreement for Burundi". University of Notre Dame. Retrieved 22 February 2016. 
  3. ^ Burundi
  4. ^ Bizimana, Syldie (2007). "The Burundi Legal System and Research". Hauser Global Law School Program. Retrieved 27 November 2016. 
  5. ^ "Un Nouveau Président à la Cour Suprême du Burundi". Association des Hautes Juridictions de Cassation des pays ayant en partage l’usage du français. Retrieved 19 April 2017. 

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