Supreme Court of Burundi

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The Supreme Court (French : Cour Suprême) is the highest civil and criminal court in Burundi. It has nine members, including the Court President, who are nominated by the Judicial Service Commission and appointed by the President of the Republic after the approval of the Senate. [1] The court's president is referred to as the Chief Justice.


The Supreme Court was established with the independence of Burundi in 1962 and its current form is regulated by the Law of 25 February 2005. [2] It is composed of three chambers which are known collectively as the United Chambers (chambres réunies):

The Judicial Chamber is sub-divided into two sections: a Section of First Instance (section du premier degré) and an Appellate Section (section d'appel). [2] Attached is the National Department of Public Prosecutions. [3]

The Supreme Court may sit together with the Constitutional Court constituting the High Court of Justice which has special powers, such as the ability to try an incumbent president or government ministers for treason. [4]

List of chief justices

This list is incomplete:

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