The Constitutional court is the guardian of the Constitution. The Court interprets and monitors compliance
with the constitution of laws and processes in the Bolivian territory.
The Court is composed of only one chamber lead by 5 magistrates and 5 substitute magistrates.
They are appointed by the National Congress by 2/3 of the votes, for a period of 10 year, and can be reelected for the same period.
Tribunal constitutional de Bolivia
Supreme Courts (Highest Instance)
The Supreme Court (Corte Suprema) is the highest Judicial instance in Bolivia in criminal,civil and administrative cases.
It is located in Sucre.
The Court consists of 12 judges ('ministros'), appointed by the National Congress by 2/3 majority for a period of 10 years.
The Chief Justice is also a President of the Council of the Judicature and is chosen by the Supreme court by a 2/3 majority
for a 2 year period.
The court is composed of 5 chambers, 1 civil (2 judges), 2 criminal (each 2 judges) and 2 administrative-social chambers ( 2 and 3 judges).
Corte Suprema de Justicia de Bolivia
The Courts of Appeal (Corte Superior) are spread over the 9 departments of Bolivia,
and hear appeals from the lower courts in their territorial jurisdiction.
The Judges of the Court are called 'Vocales' . The Courts are composed of specialized
chambers on civil, criminal, administrative, social and mining law. The judges are appointed by
the Supreme Court on recommendation from the Judicial Council.
Corte Superior de Beni
Corte Superior de Chuquisaca
Corte Superior de Cochabamba
Corte Superior de La Paz
Corte Superior de Oruro
Corte Superior de Pando
Corte Superior de Potosi
Corte Superior de Santa Cruz
Corte Superior de Tarija
First Instance Courts
Juzgado de Partido
The courts of first instance are the civil and criminal trial courts. (Juzgados de partido).
The Criminal Courts have investigating judges (Juzgados de Instruccion) who prepare and investigate the criminal cases for trial.
Juzgados de Partido
Minor Courts Justices of the Peace
Small claim courts
Court of Audit
Contraloría General de la República de Bolivia
Corte Departamental Electoral La Paz - Murillo
Corte Departamental Electoral de Cochabamba
Corte Departamental Electoral de Oruro
Corte Departamental Electoral de Potosí
Corte Departamental Electoral de Tarija
Corte Nacional Electoral
Jurisprudence (Case Law)
Jurisprudencia Tribunal Constitutional
Consejo de la Judicatura (Court administration)
Defensor del Pueblo