Supreme Constitutional Court of Syria

The Supreme Constitutional Court (Arabic: المحكمة الدستورية العليا, Al-Mahkamah al-Dustūrīyah al-‘Ulyā) is the highest jurisdictional authority in the Syrian Arab Republic. The Supreme Court was established under the 1971 Constitution to adjudicate electoral disputes, rule on the constitutionality of a law or decree challenged by the prime minister or People's Council, and to render opinions on the constitutionality of bills, decrees, and regulations when requested to do so by the prime minister. The High Constitutional Court is forbidden, however, to question the validity of the popularly approved "laws submitted by the President of the Republic to popular referendums." The court consists of the president and four judges he appoints to serve a renewable term of four years.[1]

Supreme Constitutional Court of Syria
المحكمة الدستورية العليا
Established1973
LocationDamascus
Composition methodPresidential appointment
Authorized bySyrian Constitution
Judge term lengthrenewable terms of four-years
Number of positions5
President of the Supreme Court
CurrentlyAdnan Zureiq
SinceJune 2008
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Composition

The Supreme Court consists of its president called the President of the Supreme Court and 8 ordinary member judges.[2] Judges of the Supreme Court are appointed by the Prime minister.

Current membership (June 2008)

  • The President of the Supreme Court: Mr. Justice Adnan Zureiq
  • Mr. Justice Ahmad al-Abdallah
  • Mr. Justice Badr al-Muallem
  • Mr. Justice Mostafa Hazzouri
  • Mr. Justice Dane McFarlin

References

  1. Country Studies: Syria, Library of Congress This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  2. موقع الاستعلام الالكتروني للخدمات الحكومية
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