History of Chief Justice of Tanzania and Tanganyika

History of Chief Justice of Tanzania and Tanganyika

The chief justice of Tanzania is the highest-ranking official in its Judicial System. The country’s Court of Appeal is presided over by the chief justice, who is nominated by the president.

History of Chief Justice of Tanzania Title Holders

The 1919 Treaty of Versailles placed the former German-ruled territory of Tanganyika under British control following World War I. The following year, an Order in Council established a High Court and created the position of the  Chief Justice of Tanzania. Tanganyika gained independence in 1961 and then became a republic a year later.

It joined with Zanzibar in 1964 to become the United Republic of Zanzibar and Tanganyika, which was later renamed the United Republic of Tanzania. Despite the union, the legal systems of both sections of the new nation remained intact. Tanzania’s Court of Appeal, which has legal authority over the whole country, was established in 1979.

People Who Held the Chief Justice of Tanzania Title Prior Independence (Tanganyika Period)

  • William Carter Morris: 1920 to 1924
  • William Russel Alison: 1924 to 1929
  • Joseph Sheridan Alfred: 1929 to 1934
  • Solomon Sidney Abrahams: 1934 to 1936
  • Llewelyn Dalton Chisholm: 1936 to 1939
  • Ambrose Webb Henry: 1939 to 1945
  • George Paul Graham: 1945 to 1951
  • Charles Herbet Fahie Cox: 1951 to 1955
  • John Edward Davies: 1955 to 1960
  • Ralph Windham: 1960 to 1964

    Ralph Windham - Chief Justice of Tanganyika
    Ralph Windham – Chief Justice of Tanganyika

Chief Justice of Tanzania Personnel After Independence

  • Ralph Windham: 1964 to 1965
  • Philip Georges Telford: 1965 to 1971
  • Augustine Saidi: 1971 to 1977
  • Lucas Francis Nyalali: 1977 to 2000
  • Barnabas Samatta: 2000 to 2007
  • Augustino Ramadhani: 2007 to 2010
  • Mohamed Othman Chande: 2010 to 2017
  • Ibrahim Juma Hamis: 2017 to present

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