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Bhutan's Royal Court of Justice is the supreme court of Bhutan. Judges of the court are appointed by the monarch. The Royal High Court also has original jurisdiction over the twenty districts of the nation. Appeal from the court to the King himself is still possible. Bhutan's legal system is based on Indian law and English common law. It is based in the capital Thimphu.

The Bhutanese justice system has always suffered from a lack of qualified officers with most of the office-holders being civil servants. Until the passing of the National Judicial Services Act 2007,[1] Judges were still a part of the Bhutanese civil service. In the present High Court, only Justice Tshering Wangchuk has a degree in law.



  • The Supreme Court - highest court in Bhutan
  • The High Court - appellate and extraterritorial jurisdiction
  • The Dzongkhag Court - District court (20)
  • The Dungkhag Court - Sub-District court

List of High Court Judges

  • The Honorable Chief Justice of Bhutan - Lyonpo Sonam Tobgye
  • Justice, Dasho Sherub Gyeltshen - Dasho Sither Namgyel
  • Justice, Dasho Jigme Zangpo - Dasho Tshering Wangchuk
  • Justice, Dasho Kuenlay Tshering
  • Justice, Dasho Karma Dorji Sherpa -
  • Justice, Dasho Pasang Tobgay
  • Justice, Dasho Thinley Yoezer
  • Justice, Dasho K.B. Ghalley


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