Judicial System of United Republic of Tanzania

Supreme court: Court of Appeal

Ministry: Justice and Constitutional Affairs

The Court of Appeal is the supreme court and the final appellate court; it is presided over by the chief justice. The High Court has its headquarters in Dar es Salaam and is itinerant, holding sessions in the regions. It has unlimited civil and criminal jurisdiction and hears appeals arising in the lower courts.

The district courts and primary courts are presided over by magistrates, the primary courts having more limited jurisdiction than the district courts. Other more specialised courts include the Commercial Court and the Land Court.

The President of the republic appoints the chief justice and judges, judges of appeal with the advice of the chief justice and High Court judges with the advice of the Judicial Service Commission. Judges of Appeal and High Court judges have tenure of office until retirement.