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Legal System

The Zambian legal system is largely based on English Common Law. Customary laws relating to particular communities around the country are also recognised by the constitution. The judiciary system is independent under the constitution. The Supreme Court is the final court of appeal as well as the constitutional court. The High Court has civil and criminal jurisdiction as well as appellate jurisdiction in relation to appeals from the lower courts. The chief justice presides over the Supreme Court and the High Court. The President of Zambia appoints judges of the Supreme and High Courts according to the advice of the Judicial Service Commission; the appointment is subject to ratification by the National Assembly. Once appointed, judges have tenure of their positions until retirement. Magistrates’ courts, the Industrial Relations Court and small claims courts inter alia make up the rest of the judicial system. Questions of customary law and very minor criminal cases are dealt with in local courts.

Legal organisations in Zambia
A. D. Adam & Co.
Batoka Chambers
Chibesakunda & Co.
Christopher Russell Cook & Co.
Corpus Legal Practitioners
D H Kemp & Co.
Ellis & Co.
G.G. Lukwanda & Company
Law Association of Zambia
Law Association of Zambia
MNB Legal Practitioners
Musa Dudhia & Co.
Mwale & Musonda Associates
Silweya & Co.
VK Mwewa & Co.
William Nyirenda and Company