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Supreme Courts (Highest Instance)

Administration of Justice Decree 2009
Art 8.-(1) The Supreme Court has exclusive jurisdiction, subject to such requirements as prescribed by law, to hear and determine appeals from all final judgments of the Court of Appeal.
(2) An appeal may not be brought from a final judgment of the Court of Appeal unless:
(a) the Court of Appeal gives leave to appeal on a question certified by it to be of significant public importance; or
(b) the Supreme Court gives special leave to appeal.

The Supreme Court consists of the Chief Justice who is the President of the Supreme Court, judges appointed as judges of the Supreme Court and Justices of the Court of Appeal.

Supreme Court

Appellate Courts

Administration of Justice Decree 2009 :
Art 7. (1) The Court of Appeal has jurisdiction, subject to this Decree and to such requirements as prescribed by law, to hear and determine appeals from all judgments of the High Court, and has such other jurisdiction as is conferred by law.
(2) Appeals lie to the Court of Appeal, as of right or with leave, from other judgments of the High Court in accordance with such requirements as prescribed by law.

The Court of Appeal consists of a President (who must be a judge) and other Judges who may be Puisne Judges of the High Court.

Court of Appeal

High Courts

Administration of Justice Decree 2009:
Art 6.-(1) The High Court has unlimited original jurisdiction to hear and determine any civil or criminal proceedings under any law and such other original jurisdiction as is conferred on it under this Decree or any other law.
(2) The High Court has jurisdiction, subject to the conferral by written law of rights of appeal and to such requirements as may be prescribed by law, to hear and determine appeals from all judgments of subordinate courts.
(3) The High Court has jurisdiction to supervise any civil or criminal proceedings before a subordinate court and may, on an application duly made to it, make such orders, issue such writs and give such directions as it considers appropriate to ensure that justice is duly administered by the subordinate court.

High Court

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Guide to the Magistrate's Court
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Jurisprudence (Case Law)

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