The Ministry of Justice of Cameroon
is the Department responsible for administering the Cameroon justice system. As at May 2004, the Minister of State for Justice was Amadou Ali
. The legal system in the Cameroon is complex with a constitution developed in 1972 and revised in 1996 as well as elements of the Code Napoleon
, Common Law
and customary law
. In early 2005, the Ministry of Justice became responsible for administering the prison system due to unrest in the prisons. The Ministry of Justice also has a shared responsibility for administering human rights
in the Cameroon. There have been serious allegations about use of torture by police and military officials in the Cameroon.
Administration of justice
The constitution of the Cameroon provides that the Supreme Court of the Cameroon
is the highest court existing in the country. In addition, the country has appeal courts, circuit courts and magistrates courts. The Supreme Court is located in Yaoundé
as is the Cameroon High Court of Justice
consisting of nine titular judges and six surrogate judges. The other courts are located throughout the country.
The constitution provides for a Constitutional Council responsible for constitutional law but this body has not yet been established. In lieu of this Council, the Supreme Court carries out its duty. Cameroon claims that the judiciary is independent from the executive and the legislature. However, the US State Department claims that the judiciary is subordinate to the Ministry... Read More