Judiciary

Updated July 2007

Country Legal system Court structure
ANGOLA Portuguese civil, customary law Constitutional Court, the Supreme Court, Provincial courts, Municipal and military courts
BOTSWANA Roman Dutch, customary law High Court, Court of Appeal, magistrates courts
DRC Belgian civil, customary law Appeal Court, Council of State, Constitutional Court, lower civilian & military courts, tribunals
LESOTHO Roman-Dutch, English Common Law Court of Appeal, High Court, subordinate courts & tribunals
MADAGASCAR French civil, customary law Administrative & Financial Constitutional Court, Supreme Court, Courts of Appeal, Tribunals, High Court of Justice
MALAWI English common, customary law High Court, Supreme Court of Appeal, lower courts & tribunals; Industrial Relations Court, traditional courts
MAURITIUS French civil, elements of English common law Privy Council (UK), Supreme Court, District Courts, Intermediate Court, Industrial Court
MOZAMBIQUE Portuguese civil, customary law Constitutional Council, Supreme Court, Administrative Court, lower courts, specialised courts
NAMIBIA Roman-Dutch law Supreme Court, High Court, lower courts
SEYCHELLES English common, French civil, customary law Court of Appeal, Supreme Court, subordinate courts & tribunals
SOUTH AFRICA Roman-Dutch, English common, customary law Constitutional Court, Supreme Court of Appeal, High Courts, magistrates' courts, specialist courts
SWAZILAND Roman-Dutch, customary law Supreme Court, High Court, subordinate courts & tribunals
TANZANIA English common law, customary, Islamic law Ad hoc Special Constitutional Court, Court of Appeal, High Court, , subordinate courts & tribunals
ZAMBIA English common, customary law Supreme Court, High Court, Industrial Relations Court, subordinate courts, local courts
ZANZIBAR Autonomous region of Tanzania. English common law, customary, Islamic law Ad hoc Special Constitutional Court, Court of Appeal of Tanzania, High Court, subordinate courts & tribunals, religious court
ZIMBABWE Roman-Dutch, English Common Law Supreme Court, High Court, Magistrates Courts, Administrative Courts, Local & Customary Law Courts