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Key documents of Burmese law
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Title: "The Burma Code" - 13 volumes (English, Burmese/ ျမန္မာဘာသာ )
Description/subject: Drafted from the early British colonial period. Much of the content of "The Burma Code", e.g. "The Penal Code", "Code of Civil Procedure" and other procedural texts, is still in force and constitutes the basis of Burmese/Myanmar law...The Myanmar Supreme Court website has a set online, but at an average of 71MB per volume, virtually unusable. We have sought to reduce the volume size to reasonable size. Best downloaded or read online with Google Chrome.
Language: English, Burmese/ ျမန္မာဘာသာ
Source/publisher: Government of the Union of Burma
Format/size: pdf
Date of entry/update: 04 January 2014


Individual Documents

Title: Constitution of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar (2008) (English, Burmese/ ျမန္မာဘာသာ
Date of publication: September 2008
Description/subject: The official bilingual version...The date given here is the date of printing. The date of adoption of the Constitution is 29 May 2008
Language: English, Burmese/ ျမန္မာဘာသာ
Source/publisher: State Peace and Development Council (SPDC)
Format/size: pdf (698K)
Date of entry/update: 11 November 2010


Title: The Courts Manual (4th Edition, 1999)
Date of publication: 1999
Description/subject: TABLE OF CONTENTS (157K)... PART I - LEGAL PRACTIONERS AND PETITION WRITERS (1.8MB)... PART II - INSTRUCTIONS AND ORDERS RELATING TO BOTH CIVIL AND CRIMINAL PROCEDURE (2.9MB)... PART III - CIVIL PROCEDURE (4MB)... PART IV - CRIMINAL PROCEDURE (6.8MB)... APPENDICES (1.3MB)... THE COURTS MANUAL - ENGLISH (17MB) Full text... THE COURTS MANUAL – ENGLISH AND BURMESE (26MB) Full text
Language: English, Burmese/ ျမန္မာဘာသာ
Source/publisher: Myanmar Supreme Court
Format/size: pdf (63K)
Date of entry/update: 15 December 2012


Title: Burma/Myanmar Code of Civil Procedure
Date of publication: 01 January 1909
Description/subject: Scanned from "The Burma Code" Vol. XII. 1979 edition
Language: English
Source/publisher: Government of the Union of Burma via "The Burma Code" Vol. XII (1979 Edition)
Format/size: pdf (8.3MB)
Date of entry/update: 25 December 2012


Title: The Code of Criminal Procedure
Date of publication: 01 July 1898
Language: English
Source/publisher: Government of the Union of Burma via "The Burma Code" Vol. VIII, via Burma Lawyers' Council
Format/size: html, pdf
Date of entry/update: 24 June 2005


Title: The Evidence Act
Date of publication: 1872
Description/subject: Sections: 1. Application of Act.... 2. * * * *... 3. Interpretation clause... 4. “May presume.”... “ Shall presume. ” “ Conclusive proof. *....."The Evidence Act of 1872 sets out the rules of evidence in Myanmar. The Evidence Act establishes rules similar in form and content to those in other former British colonies in the region and in Britain today. 6 The Evidence Act is applicable to all judicial proceedings before any court 7 and to all judges or other persons legally authorized to hear evidence. 8 However, the Evidence Act does not apply to arbitrations..." (Alec Christie)
Language: English
Source/publisher: Government of the Union of Myanmar via "The Burma Code" (Myanmar Code), Vol. XII
Format/size: pdf (1.6MB)
Date of entry/update: 30 April 2013


Title: The Penal Code (Burmese/ ျမန္မာဘာသာ)
Date of publication: 01 May 1861
Language: Burmese/ ျမန္မာဘာသာ
Source/publisher: Government of the Union of Burma
Format/size: pdf (12MB)
Date of entry/update: 09 January 2014


Title: The Penal Code (English & Burmese/ ျမန္မာဘာသာ )
Date of publication: 01 May 1861
Language: English, Burmese/ ျမန္မာဘာသာ
Source/publisher: Government of the Union of Burma
Format/size: pdf (20MB)
Date of entry/update: 09 January 2014


Title: The Penal Code (English)
Date of publication: 01 May 1861
Description/subject: Table of contents followed by all 511 articles, in one big document... (INDIA ACT XLV. 1860) (1st May. 1861) The pdf version is based on the BLC version. A spell-check was run on the BLC version and checked against a hard-copy version of the "Myanmar Code". The hard-copy version was taken as authoritative and the text amended accordingly. Some obvious mistakes exist in the hard-copy original. These are left as-is, followed by "[sic. "xxxx" is presumably intended"]". The BLC version does not contain all the footnotes which exist in the hard-copy version. These will be added in a Corr.2
Language: English
Source/publisher: Government of Burma via Burma Lawyers' Council via Online Burma/Myanmar Library
Format/size: (pdf (785K); html (1.8MB)
Date of entry/update: 16 March 2006