Journal article

Courts in Federal Countries

Cheryl Saunders

Constitution Brief | Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance | Published : 2019


This brief identifies some of the principal options for designing a judiciary in a federal system. While there are some general principles that apply to the judiciary in all federations, there are different ways of structuring a federal judiciary and allocating authority, or competence, to it. Each approach raises different issues for consideration and decision. The choices made can be informed by comparative experience but will depend on the context and preferences of each federation.

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