Republic of South Sudan

Supreme Court

Located in the heart of Juba, the capital city of South Sudan, the Supreme Court is the highest court in the land and custodian of the country’s Constitution and the constitutions of the 10 states and three administrative areas.

This Court is headed by the Chief Justice, assisted by a deputy. The Supreme court is primarily made up of these two plus five other justices.

The court is vested with exclusive and original jurisdiction to adjudicate on any legal disputes arising either under the Transitional Constitution of the Republic of South Sudan or state constitutions.

Other jurisdictions include review and cassation in respect of any criminal, civil and administrative matters arising out of or under the law, interpretation of laws and the power of Judicial review.

Unlike other courts in the country, decisions or judgements of the Supreme Court are final and binding in all courts of law, including customary courts. 

The Supreme Court sits in panels of three justices on each matter except on constitutional issues when a quorum of not less than nine judges is required.

Their decisions, taken by majority, are final and binding.