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Judicial system of RK Printable version

Last update: 17.06.2020

The major task of judicial power is to settle conflicts and disputes arising in public and government relations, restore violated rights and punish those who broke the law. The judicial power in the Republic of Kazakhstan is only owned by courts represented by regular judges, and also jurymen engaged to criminal proceedings in cases and under the procedure stipulated by the law. Justice in the Republic of Kazakhstan is only executed by court. No other bodies and individuals do not have a right to assume the authorities of a judge or functions of judicial power.  

The judicial system of the Republic of Kazakhstan consists of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Kazakhstan, local and other courts established pursuant to the Constitution of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the constitutional law.    

The Supreme Court is a senior judicial authority for civil, criminal and other proceedings under jurisdiction of local and other courts and performs the functions of cassation instance in relation to the proceedings and provides clarifications on the matters of litigation practice through   adoption of regulatory statutes.

The Supreme Court consists of a chairman and judges. Judicial panels along with specialized panels are established in the Supreme Court. Judges of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Kazakhstan are elected by Senate as advised by the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan based on recommendation of the Supreme Court Council.  Judges of local and other courts are appointed for the position by the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan upon recommendation of the    Supreme Court Council. Chairmen of judicial panels of the Supreme Court are appointed by the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan upon recommendation of the Supreme Court Council based on representation of Chairman of the Supreme Court and decision of plenary meeting of the Supreme Court. Chairman of the Supreme Court is elected by Senate upon representation by the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan based on recommendation of the Supreme Court Council. Chairmen of local and other courts are appointed for the position by the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan upon recommendation of the Supreme Court Council.

Court rulings of local and other courts as well as court rulings of specialized judicial panel of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Kazakhstan that came into force can be revised by the Supreme Court of the Republic of Kazakhstan under cassation procedure in case if appellate procedure of appeal is observed.   

The Supreme Court of the Republic of Kazakhstan reviews and settles civil proceedings on the rules of court of the first instance:

  • on appeal of decisions and actions (inactions) of the Central Electoral Commission of the Republic of Kazakhstan, decisions and actions (inactions) of the Central Referendum Commission;
  • on investment disputes one of the parties of which is a major investor.

Chairman of the Supreme Court 

Zhakip Assanov

Contact details:

39 D. Kunayev str., the Left Bank of Ishim river, Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan (the Supreme Court building)

Administrative Office:   +7 (7172) 71-01-80

Reception of citizens:  71-01-75
E-mail: vsrk@sud.kz 

Electronic record for personal appointment with Chairman of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Kazakhstan is performed via “Reception of Citizens” subsection of “Community Outreach” section on the following website: https://sud.gov.kz.

Local courts include:

- regional courts and courts equated to them (municipal court of the capital, municipal courts of cities of the republican significance);

- district courts and courts equated to them (municipal court, interdistrict court).

Other courts, including specialized courts can be established in the Republic of Kazakhstan (military, finance, economic, administrative,juvenile and others).

Specialized courts are established by the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan and bear the status of regional or district courts. 

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