Review of decisions of State Courts over state matters by the Federal Supreme Court
AbstractA decision of any court in Ethiopia today can be reviewed by the Cassation Division of the Federal Supreme Court (hereinafter the Cassation Division) if it manifests a prima facie case for basic error of law and if it is a final decision and is filed within the time limit1. This article examines the scope of the Cassation Division’s power, i.e., whether there is a legal basis for the Cassation Division to review cases settled by state courts in accordance with state laws; if there is a legal backing for such judicial exercise, and whether it is objectionable in principle as well as for pragmatic reasons.
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