Township Courts

Constitution

            The township courts are established under the 2008 Constitution.

Composition

            In every township court a township judge is appointed by the Supreme Court of the Union. Additional  township judges or deputy  township judges may also be appointed by the Supreme Court of the Union depending on the volume of work. Those judges are conferred with judicial powers by the Supreme Court of the Union in accordance with the provisions of the Criminal Procedure Code and Civil Procedure Code.

            A township judge is the officer in charge of court administration matters. He or she also has the power to distribute all cases received in the township court to other judges of the township courts. But every judge has independent jurisdiction over cases assigned to him or her.

Jurisdiction

            Township courts are mainly courts of original jurisdiction. The judges appointed to a township court are township judges, additional township judges and deputy township Judges. Township judges by virtue of their posts are specially empowered as magistrates who can pass sentences of up to 7 years imprisonment where as an additional township judge, if he or she is especially empowered with such special magistral powers, may award sentences not exceeding 7 years. The remaining deputy township judges can impose sentences according to their magistral powers.

            Some of the civil cases in which the amount in dispute or value of the subject matter does not exceed 10,000,000 kyats are adjudicated in township courts. They also exercise juvenile jurisdiction specially conferred under 1993 Child Law.

News

Nay Pyi Taw, 17 March 2016

Chief Justice of the Union U Htun Htun Oo received Rt. Hon Lord Patrick Hodge, Justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom and his delegation at 9:30 in the Meeting Hall of the Supreme Court of the Union.

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Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, January 8, 2016

      The Supreme Court of the Union has publicized the Year 2 Action Plan (2016) of the Judiciary Strategic Plan (2015-2017) with a slogan "Advancing Justice Together".

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Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, October 8, 2015

The Supreme Court of the Union has issued the Handbook for Media Access to the Courts in order to enhance the communication with the media and the public at different levels of the court through

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Yangon; July 20

     Inauguration ceremonies for the new court buildings of Eastern and Western Districts of Yangon Region were held in front of those new buildings this morning. The opening ceremonies were

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Nay Pyi Taw, 1st June 2015

Workshop on Level 1 Legal English Proficiency Course for Judges was held by the Supreme Court of the Union at Royal ACE Hotel, Nay Pyi Taw from 1 to 5 June 2015 in collaboration

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