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Legal System

The court structure of Sierra Leone is broadly based on a four tier system comprising of the magistrates’ courts, the High Court, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court has jurisdiction in constitutional matters. The president appoints the Chief Justice who presides over the Supreme Court. The High Court hears the most serious civil and criminal cases. Appeals from magistrates’ courts are heard by the High Court, whereas the Court of Appeal deals with appeals from the High Court and certain special courts. In 2000 the Anti-Corruption Commission was established under the Anti-Corruption Act. The Special Court for Sierra Leone was set up by the UN and the Sierra Leone government to deal with cases of crimes against humanity following the decade long civil war which came to an end in 2002.

Legal organisations in Sierra Leone
A Tejan Cole & Associates
B&J Associates
Basma & Macaulay
Beacard Chambers Awoonor Renner
CLAS Legal
Franklyn Kargbo & Co. Barristers & Solicitors
Macauley, Bangura & Co.
Njala University Sierra Leone
Roberts & Partners

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