1980 Meeting of Commonwealth Law Ministers

Barbados, 28 April – 2 May 1980: Memoranda

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Appeals Against Acquittals and Sentences Position in the Kingdom of Lesotho


In the Kingdom of Lesotho the customary courts have been established and created by the Central and Local Courts Proclamation No. 62 of 1938 (Vol. X of 1965). These courts are endowed with civil and criminal jurisdiction. The criminal jurisdiction of these courts is governed and regulated by the warrant of the Minister of Justice with the concurrence of the Chief Justice of Lesotho, and these courts administer the Basotho law and custom—and they can hear all cases criminal save those cases where death of a human being is alleged to have occurred.


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