The Lands Tribunal was established under the Lands Act, 1995, and its continued establishment is provided in section 3 of the Lands Tribunal Act No. 39 of 2010. The Lands Tribunal is established to be a fast track court which is efficient and effective as compared the established judicial system. The Tribunal also operates as a circuit court and can sit at any place in Zambia where there is a Land dispute.
Functions of the Lands Tribunal
The functions of the Lands Tribunal are as follows;
- To adjudicate over land disputes in order to protect individual and institutional interest in land.
- To operate as a circuit court in order to reach the most vulnerable of our society who cannot afford the costly legal fees of the judicial system.
- To provide alternative dispute resolutions.
- To carry out sensitisation on various land related matters.
Structure of the Lands Tribunal
Structure of the Lands Tribunal comprises of the Secretariat and the Tribunal as follows:
- Personal Secretary
- Registry Clerk
- Office Orderly
- Police Officer – seconded from Ministry of Home Affairs
- General Worker
The following are the Lands Tribunal members appointed by the Minister responsible for Lands pursuant to Section 5 (1) of the Lands Tribunal Act No. 39 of 2010;-
- Chairperson – a legal practitioner of not less than seven years legal experience
- Deputy Chairperson – a legal practitioner of not less than seven years legal experience
- a representative of the Attorney General – a legal practitioner of not less than seven years legal experience
- a representative of the Law Association of Zambia – a legal practitioner of not less than seven years legal experience
- a representative of the House of Chiefs
- a planner registered under the Urban and Regional Planners Act
- a land surveyor registered under the Land Survey Act
- a valuation surveyor registered under the Valuation Surveyors Act
(not more than three persons from the public Institution)