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Business law in Zambia

Legal Framework

Independence of Justice
The constitution and law provide for an independent judiciary. However, though the government largely respected judicial independence, the judicial system is open to influence by the ruling party in cases in which it has an interest.
Equal Treatment of Nationals and Foreigners
Article n. 11 of the constitution of Zambia prohibits all forms of discrimination based on race, place of origin, political opinions, colour, creed or sex.
The Language of Justice
Recourse to an Interpreter
If, in any cause or matter, any accused person, party, witness or other person is unable to speak or understand the English language, the Court or a Judge may direct a fit and proper person to attend and interpret the proceedings so far as may be necessary.
Sources of the Law and Legal Similarities
The Zambian legal system is largely based on English Common Law and customary law. Customary laws relating to particular communities around the country are also recognised by the constitution.
The primary sources of law are:

 Common Law
 Judicial precedent
 Customary Law
 Authoritative texts (written works of eminent authors have persuasive value in the courts of Zambia)
Checking National Laws Online
List of Zambia's laws from the Parliament's website
Library of the U.S. Congress

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