Supreme Courts (Highest Instance)
The Supreme Court is the final court of Appaeal in all matters, including interpretation of the constitution.
The Court is presided over by the President of the Court of Appeal and is constituted by seven judges.
The court's jurisdiction and powers are based on article 92 of the Constitution.
Supreme Court of Zambia
The High Court of Zambia is established under Article 91(1) (b) of the Constitution of Zambia, Chapter 1 of the Laws of Zambia.
The High Court of Zambia shall have, except as to the proceedings in which the Industrial Relationís Court has exclusive jurisdiction under the Industrial and Labour Relations Act, unlimited and original jurisdiction to hear and determine any civil or criminal proceedings under any law and such jurisdiction and power as may be conferred on it by the Constitution or any other law
High Court of Zambia
First Instance Courts
The Subordinate Courts are the lower courts and the courts of first instance based on Cap 28 of the Laws of Zambia.
Section 3 of the Subordinate Courts Act establishes the classes of Magistrates courts :
A Subordinate Court of the first class to be presided over by
- a Principal Resident Magistrate who is mandated to handle a case of NOT more than K30,000,000.00
- Senior Resident Magistrate mandated to handle a case of NOT more than K25,000,000.00
- Resident Magistrate mandated to handle a case of NOT more than K20,000,000.00
- Magistrate of the First Class mandated to handle a case of NOT more than K10,000,000.00
Section 8 of the Local Courts Act states that Local Courts shall have and may exercise within the territorial limits set out
such jurisdiction as may be prescribed for the grade of court.
Grade A are mandated to handle Cases of up to K3,060,000.00
Grade B are mandated to handle Cases of up to K2,500,000.00.
Minor Courts Justices of the Peace
Small Claims Courts
Industrial Relations Court
Revenue Appeals Tribunal
Jurisprudence (Case Law)
High Court of Zambia (Saflii)
Supreme Court of Zambia (Saflii)