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2 Int'l J. Advanced Legal Stud. & Governance 1 (2011)

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       THE LAW AND PRACTICE OF ADMINISTRATIVE COURTS
            IN ETHIOPIA: THE CASE OF ADDIS ABABA CITY
                       ADMINISTRATIVE TRIBUNAL

                                  Abate Ayana
               External Relations, Strategic Planning and Partnership Office
                     Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

                                  ABSTRACT
        Addis Ababa city administration established an administrative tribunal based on
        proclamation No. 6/2008. Thus, the city administrative tribunal would revise
        administrative measures taken by the concerned city offices. In other words, it
        hears and decides on appeals which are brought to it by the civil servants. The
        study which adopted the survey research design mainly through personal interview
        with court administrators revealed that the city administrative tribunal has
        performed its function in proper manner and base on the laws. Besides, it is
        observed that in rendering decision the tribunal carefully followed the laid down
        procedures. Speedy trial was also one quality of the administrative tribunal. It
        was therefore concluded that the administrative tribunal operated in a legal and
        procedural sound manner. Nevertheless, for enhanced productivity, professional
        trainings for the staff of Addis Ababa City Administrative Tribunal in particular
        and Administrative Courts in Ethiopia in general should be taken seriously.
        Keywords: Administrative tribunal, law, Addis Ababa, proclamation

                               INTRODUCTION
Administrative law is a branch of public law which focuses on or governs the exercise
of power and duties of public authorities in relation to their civil servants. In every
legal system, there are courts which are established for the purpose of
ensuring the application of the law. To achieve these objectives, courts apply both
procedural and substantive laws and based on these they handle the legal disputes in
a fair and ordinary way. Ethiopia also is not an exemption to this situation. In Ethiopian
legal system, there are both substantive and procedural laws with the aim to ensure
that rights, privileges and duties are properly enforced. In principle, judicial
powers are given to ordinary courts in Ethiopia. But, there are also institutions
which are legally empowered with judicial function. Civil service Administrative
Tribunal is one among them.
        Administrative Tribunals are established to revise an administrative decision
which is rendered by the government institution regarding civil servants. It would
check the rightness of the administrative measures by entertaining a dispute between
the concerned government offices and the civil servant. The Addis Ababa City
Administration Tribunal was established based on the city Government of Addis
Ababa Civil Servants1 Proclamation No.6/2008. Accordingly, the city administrative
tribunal would revise administrative measures taken by the city organ and which are
submitted to it in the form of appeal by the civil servants.
International Journal of Advanced Legal Studies and Governance, Vol.2, No. 1, April 2011  1

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