What are the Implications of the Federal Supreme Court’s Directive No. 17/2023?

The Federal Supreme Court Issued Directive No. 17/2023 on Cassation Bench Appeal Procedures

On April 12, 2023, the Federal Supreme Court of Ethiopia issued a new directive (የፌዴራል ጠቅላይ ፍርድ ቤት የሰበር ሥነ-ሥርዓት መመሪያ ቁጥር 17/2015) on the procedures for entertaining appeals before the court’s Cassation Bench.

The Directive provides different standards for written appeal applications and defenses to be submitted to the bench. It provides a template to be used by applicants and respondents in submitting such pleadings.

It also provides procedural rules as to how an appeal is presented, the remedies for absenteeism of either of the parties (for both civil and criminal cases), the procedures for presenting Amicus Curiae, the contents of the decisions rendered by the bench, and the procedures for submitting an application for remand (reversal of an appellate decision). The Directive will be effective as of April 27, 2023.

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