Judicial System of Sierra Leone

Supreme court: Supreme Court

Ministry: Justice

The Supreme Court is the final court of appeal and has jurisdiction in constitutional matters. It also has responsibility for the administration of the judicial system, which includes the Court of Appeal, the High Court and the magistrates’ courts. The Supreme Court is presided over by the chief justice. Its justices are appointed by the President of the republic and appointments must be approved by at least 60 per cent of MPs in a parliamentary vote.

The most serious civil and criminal cases and appeals from the magistrates’ courts come before the High Court. Appeals from the High Court and from certain special courts are heard by the Court of Appeal.