Until independence in 1948, the Lower Burma Rulings (1900-1922), the Upper Burma Rulings (1892-1922), and the Rangoon Law Reports (from 1937-1942 and 1946-1947) were the major law reports. Since 1948, the Burma / Myanmar Law Reports are the major publication of significant Myanmar court decisions.
Until 1922 the courts in respect of which official reports were produced were the Chief Court in Rangoon, the Court of the Judicial Commissioner in Mandalay and the High Court in Rangoon. At independence in 1948, the Burma Law Reporting Council took responsibility for publishing the Burma Law Reports. Until 1962 the Law Reports consisted of the decisions of the Supreme Court and High Court. The Burma Law Reports from 1962 to 1973 include volumes of decisions of the Chief Court – the new apex court formed from the merging of the Supreme Court and High Court – the Courts-Martial Appeal Court, and the newly-established Special Criminal Courts’ Appeal Court. From 1974 to 1988 the Burma Law Reports published decisions of the Central Court, which superseded the Chief Court, and, after 1988, of the revamped Supreme Court.
The following law reports are available online from the Myanmar Law Library database (open access). All are pdf replicas of the original print reports.
Note that since 1970, reports are in Burmese only.
AsianLII - Myanmar includes all the Burma Law Reports in English ie: from 1947 - 1969. These cases are linked to LawCite, a worldwide case citator, so you can see cases cited in the decisions and cases citing the decisions.
The Submissions and Decisions database on the website of the Constitutional Tribunal of the Union of Myanmar contains the decisions of the Tribunal. To date it has heard few cases. Some decisions are in English only, others in Burmese only.
Myanmar Supreme Court in the capital city Naypyidaw.
In present-day Myanmar, the judicial system is established under the 2008 Constitution and the Union Judiciary Law (Law No 20/2010).
Courts are divided into three systems, as provided for in the Constitution: civilian court system, the Constitutional Tribunal, and the Courts-Martial.
For more detailed information on the court and judicial system, see the following open access articles and book chapters:
This depiction of the court hierarchy was created by the Guide author, based on a PowerPoint slide
shown in a presentation by Melissa Crouch at the Melbourne Law School on 18 April 2018.