Organisation of the judicial system

International judicial cooperation in criminal matters

Albania belongs to the continental system of law and as a result it is based on written laws. However, the legal framework is reinforced by the judicial precedent. The Constitution of Republic of Albania guarantees the due criminal legal process as one of the fundamental individual rights, also expressly acknowledging the inviolability of essence of these rights under the European Convention of Human Rights.

All international Conventions and Agreements, after ratification by law, become part of the domestic legal system and prevail over the domestic law in case of conflict or incompatibility. Ministry of Justice is the central authority assigned for the implementation of Council of Europe Conventions and UN Conventions to which Albania has acceded. The Department of Jurisdictional Foreign Relations at the Ministry of Justice is responsible to deal with and follow all requests for international judicial cooperation.

Link to national legislation (also available in English):

Useful national links

Ministry of Justice (in Albanian)
Supreme Cour Central Portal of All Courts (in Albanian)
General Prosecutor's Office
Albanian Police
National legislation databases

Links to the relevant sections of the Council of Europe and United Nations Treaties Offices websites
containing information on the conventions to which the respective country is party

Council of Europe

Other useful information (With Country Information and more information)


Country report 2016: Country report 2016
MLA report: MLA report Albania

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