Judicial System of Brunei Darussalam

Supreme court: Supreme Court

Ministry: Attorney-General’s Chambers

There are two parallel justice systems, one presided over by the Supreme Court and the other by the Sharia courts. The Supreme Court comprises the Court of Appeal and the High Court. Criminal cases that do not carry a death sentence and less serious civil cases are conducted by the intermediate courts before judges or the subordinate courts before magistrates.

Appeals are heard by the Court of Appeal, which in criminal cases is the final court of appeal. In civil cases, however, appeals may be made to the Privy Council in the UK. Judges are appointed by the Sultan for three-year terms.