The Senegalese legal system

Legal system- Civil law v Common law

Civil law.

Historical background

Senegal gained its independence from France in 1960. During the colonial period, both customary law and French civil law applied. The current legal system is largely based on French civil law however new legislations are diverting from French civil law.

Traditional law v Civil law

Both French civil law and Muslim law apply.

Judiciary system

The high courts in Senegal include the Supreme Court and the Constitutional Council. The Supreme Court is divided into civil, commercial, criminal and administrative chambers.

Subordinate courts include the High Court of Justice which has jurisdiction to try the president if he commits treason, Courts of Appeal, Courts of Auditors, Assize Courts, Regional Courts as well as Labor Courts.

Membership to other zone economic areas


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