Supreme Tribunal of Justice (Bolivia)

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The Supreme Tribunal of Justice (Spanish: Tribunal Supremo de Justicia), based in Sucre, is the highest court of ordinary jurisdiction in Bolivia. Its powers are set out in Articles 181–185 of the 2009 Constitution and the Law of the Judicial Organ (Law 025, promulgated on 24 June 2010).[1][2] It was first seated on 2 January 2012.[3]

The Tribunal is made up of nine members and nine alternates, representing the nine departments of Bolivia, elected in popular, nonpartisan elections to terms of six years. Reelection is forbidden. The elected members are: Maritza Suntura (La Paz), Jorge Isaac Von Borries Méndez (Santa Cruz), Rómulo Calle Mamani (Oruro), Pastor Segundo Mamani Villca (Potosí), Antonio Guido Campero Segovia (Tarija), Gonzalo Miguel Hurtado Zamorano (Beni); Fidel Marcos Tordoya Rivas (Cochabamba), Rita Susana Nava Durán (Chuquisaca), and Norka Natalia Mercado Guzmán (Pando).[3] The elected alternates are: William Alave (La Paz), María Arminda Ríos García (Santa Cruz), Ana Adela Quispe Cuba (Oruro), Elisa Sánchez Mamani (Potosí), Carmen Núñez Villegas (Tarija), Silvana Rojas Panoso (Beni); María Lourdes Bustamante (Cochabamba), Javier Medardo Serrano Llanos (Chuquisaca), and Delfín Humberto Betancour Chinchilla (Pando).[3]

The Tribunal superseded the Supreme Court of Bolivia, which operated from 1825 to 2011. Due to vacancies on the Court and other problems in its final years, the Supreme Tribunal of Justice inherited a backlog of some 8,800 cases in January 2012, which it is charged with resolving within 36 to 48 months.[3]


  1. ^ Nueva Constitución Política del Estado (PDF). Retrieved 12-2-2009.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  2. ^ "Ley del Organo Judicial". Infoleyes. 24 June 2010. Retrieved 16 August 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Nace el nuevo Órgano Judicial". Correo del Sur. 2012-01-03. Retrieved 2012-08-15.