Establishment of Commercial Courts


ICF worked with the Government of Burkina Faso and the Chamber of Commerce of Burkina Faso to increase the quality and speed of commercial dispute resolution. This included establishing commercial courts in the two large cities of Ouagadougou and Bobo-Dioulasso, specialization of judges and magistrates on commercial issues, and introducing a legal framework for transparent, streamlined and modernized judicial procedures.

As a result of the project, two commercial courts were established, one in Ouagadougou and one in Bobo Dioulasso, making commercial justice more accessible. The Business and Movable Collateral Registry has been digitised and made available at the Commercial Courts, which increases the speed at which contracts can be enforced. A total of 11 Judges and 20 consultant judges have received specialisation in commercial matters. Commercial dispute resolution time has gone down, from 446 days in 2009 to 174 days in 2012.

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