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, 12 th December 2016

  Workshop on Level 3 English Proficiency Course for Judges was held by the Supreme Court of the Union at Royal ACE Hotel, Nay Pyi Taw from 12 to 20 December 2016 in collaboration with the Singapore Ministry of

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Nay Pyi Taw, December 1, 2016

The Ceremony for signing of the Cooperation between the Office of the Supreme Court the Union and the Embassy of the Denmark on Rule of Law and Human Rights, the Denmark-Myanmar Country Programme (2016-2020) was held at the Supreme Court of

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Nay Pyi Taw, 1st December 2016

Workshop on Legal English Train-the-Trainers Course for Judges was held by the Supreme Court of the Union at Royal ACE Hotel, Nay Pyi Taw from 1 to 9 December 2016 in collaboration with the Singapore Ministry of Law.

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Nay Pyi Taw, 16 November 2016

   Chief Justice of the Union U Htun Htun Oo received H.E. Mr. Hong Liang, The Embassy of the People's Republic of China in Yangon at 11:00 in the Meeting Hall of the Supreme Court of the Union.

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Nay Pyi Taw, 20 October 2016
  Chief Justice of the Union U Htun Htun Oo received Mr. Mark Silva, Senior Rule of Law and Governance Advisor, the Office of Democracy and Governance, USAID, U.S.Embassy in Yangon at 09:30 in the Meeting Hall of the

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