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Land Tribunal

LANDS TRIBUNAL

Background

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:

 Secretariat

  • Registrar
  • Personal Secretary
  • Registry Clerk
  • Office Orderly
  • Police Officer – seconded from Ministry of Home Affairs
  • Driver
  • General Worker

Lands Tribunal

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)