Ivory Coast flag Ivory Coast: Business Environment

Business law in the Ivory Coast

Legal Framework

Independence of Justice
The Constitution and law of the Ivory Coast provide for the independence of the judiciary in ordinary criminal cases and civil matters. Under the Constitution and in practice, the judiciary accedes to the executive on political and national security issues. The High Judicial Council, which appoints judges, may reportedly be subject to political interference.
Equal Treatment of Nationals and Foreigners
There have been reports that foreign nationals are not always granted an impartial trial from the country’s judicial system.
The Language of Justice
French is the judicial language used in the country.
Recourse to an Interpreter
An interpreter can be organized.
Sources of the Law and Legal Similarities
The main source of the law in the country is the new constitution of August 2000. The legal system is based on the French civil law system and customary law. Côte d'Ivoire accepts compulsory ICJ jurisdiction but with reservations. 
Checking National Laws Online
Côte d'Ivoire laws

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