Burundi’s Constitution of 2005

Judicial Independence

Article 209. The judicial power is impartial and independent of legislative or executive power. In the exercise of its functions, the judge may not submit to any authority other than the Constitution and the law. The President of the Republic, Head of State, is responsible for the independence of the Magistracy. The Superior Council of the Magistracy assists the President in this mission.

Judicial Council or Parallel Institution

Article 210. The Superior Council of the Magistracy watches over the proper administration of the Justice. It is responsible for the independence of the seated magistrates to exercise of their functions. Article 211. The Superior Council of the Magistracy is the highest disciplinary instance of the Magistracy. It recognizes the complaints of individuals or the Ombudsman concerning the professional conduct of the Magistrates as well as the recourses for the Magistrates against the disciplinary measures or claims concerning their career. Article 212. A magistrate may only be dismissed for a professional fault or incompetence, and only by proposition of the Superior Council of the Magistracy. Article 213. The Superior Council of the Magistracy assists the President of the Republic and the Government in: 1. The elaboration of policy on the matter of justice; 2. The following of the situation of the country in the judicial and human rights domain; 3. The elaboration of the strategies against impunity.

General Assembly

Judicial independence in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, October 14, 2022

Human Rights Council

Protection of lawyers against undue interference in the free and independent exercise of the legal profession, June 21, 2022

General Assembly

Participation of women in the administration of justice, October 13, 2021

Human Rights Council

Report on Impact and challenges of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic for independent justice, June 28, 2021

General Assembly

Report on Disciplinary Proceedings Against Judges, October 15, 2020

Human Rights Council

Report: Independence of Public Prosecutors, Corruption and Human Rights, July 13, 2020

General Assembly - October 16, 2019

Report on the UN Basic Principles on the Independence of the Judiciary

Human Rights Council - June 24, 2019

Report on freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly of judges and prosecutors

General Assembly - October 25, 2018

Report on Bar Associations