High Courts

The High Court of Zambia is established under Article 91(1) (b) of the Constitution of Zambia, Chapter 1 of the Laws of Zambia.

Article 94 (1) of the Constitution states that the High Court of Zambia shall have, except as to the proceedings in which the Industrial Relations Court has exclusive jurisdiction under the Industrial and Labour Relations Act, unlimited and original jurisdiction to hear and determine any civil or criminal proceedings under any law and such jurisdiction and power as may be conferred on it by the Constitution or any other law.

The Chief Justice of the Republic of Zambia is an ex-officio Judge of the High Court, as provided by Article 94(3) of the Constitution.

The High Court of Zambia is a superior court of record and has jurisdiction to supervise any civil or criminal proceedings before any Subordinate Court or any Court-martial and may make such orders, issue such writs and give such direction as it may consider appropriate for ensuring that justice is duly administered by any such Court.