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The Ministry of Justice of the Republic Somaliland administers the court system (with the exception of the Supreme Court) and has the authority to hire court personnel, allocate funds, and train, discipline or dismiss judicial officers.[1][2] According to Articles 7 and 38 of the Organisation of the Judiciary Law, the ministry even compiles a panel of assessors on an annual basis for the regional courts. Additionally, the ministry is a member of the Judicial Commission.[3] More so, the objectives of the ministry are as follows per Article 105 of the Constitution:[4]

  • Uphold and promote the rule of law in Somaliland;
  • Respect and promote the separation of powers as contemplated in the Constitution, whilst taking into account the normal checks and balances of governmental branches;
  • Promote and maintain an effective, efficient, transparent and accountable criminal justice system;
  • Coordinate, facilitate and promote the general provision of and access to legal services in Somaliland;
  • Take leadership in coordinating the progressive realization of rights and freedoms contemplated in the Constitution;
  • Cooperate and support other role players, whilst respecting their specific mandates and, where applicable, their independence.

List of ministers (2005-present)Edit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "THE JUDICIAL SYSTEM IN SOMALILAND: Workshop Report". April 2002.
  2. ^ "The State of the Judiciary in Somaliland" (PDF). Horizon Institute. June 2016.
  3. ^ "Research Guide to the Somaliland Legal System - GlobaLex". Retrieved 2018-07-20.
  4. ^ "Prison Health Coordinator » Connecting Diaspora for Development". Connecting Diaspora for Development. Retrieved 2018-07-20.
  5. ^ "UNICEF Somalia - Feature stories - Somaliland launches new Juvenile law". Retrieved 2018-07-20.
  6. ^ "Somaliland authorities order 24 Somali journalists to leave - Human Rights House Foundation". Human Rights House Foundation. 2007-12-05. Retrieved 2018-07-20.
  7. ^ Albin-Lackey, Chris; (Organization), Human Rights Watch (2009). "Hostages to Peace": Threats to Human Rights and Democracy in Somaliland. Human Rights Watch. ISBN 9781564325136.
  8. ^ "Somalia : Release of the last Sool and Sanag conflict related detainees". ReliefWeb. Retrieved 2018-07-20.
  9. ^ "UNODC open Somaliland's first prison in 50 years to further tackle piracy scourge". ReliefWeb. Retrieved 2018-07-20.
  10. ^ "Judiciary strengthened as first batch of judges graduate from legal training". UNDP in Somalia. Retrieved 2018-07-20.
  11. ^ "BBC Somali - Warar - Dowladda Soomaaliya oo lagu dhawaaqay" (in Somali). Retrieved 2018-07-20.
  12. ^ "Minister of Hajj receives Somali Hajj Mission". Retrieved 2018-07-20.
  13. ^ Luciana.Viegas. "New Ministry of Justice building provides major boost to rule of law in Somaliland". Retrieved 2018-07-20.
  14. ^ "Somaliland: Construction of UK Funded Justice Ministry Offices Commenced - Somaliland Sun". Somaliland Sun. 2012-12-05. Retrieved 2018-07-20.
  15. ^ "Criminal Justice Compendium for Somaliland - Somaliland Law" (PDF). January 3, 2016.
  16. ^ "UNPO: Somaliland: Diaspora Continues to Play Important Role". Retrieved 2018-07-20.
  17. ^ "Somaliland:Ministry of Justice Presides over Graduation Ceremony for 25 Lawyer Interns -". 2016-05-02. Retrieved 2018-07-20.
  18. ^ Dalha, Gulaid (2017-04-04). "Somaliland: Justice Ministry Announces The Release Of 7 Convicted Pirates On Parole — Somali Commentator". Somali Commentator. Retrieved 2018-07-20.
  19. ^ "BREAKING Somaliland's new President names 32-Cabinet ministers". Horn Diplomat. 2017-12-14. Retrieved 2018-07-20.