The Lands Tribunal was established under Cap 184 Section 20 of the Lands Act of 1995.The main objective of establishing the Tribunal was to give public a fast-track method of resolving land disputes that is efficient and cost-effective compared to the established judicial or court system. It is a circuit court and can sit at any place in Zambia where there is a dispute.
The Tribunal consists of the following members, who are appointed by the Minister responsible for land.
- Chairman, who is qualified to be a judge of the High Court
- Deputy Chairman, who is qualified to be a Judge of the High Court
- An advocate from the Attorney General's Chambers
- A registered town planner
- A registered land surveyor
- Not more than three people from the public and private sectors
Jurisdiction of the Lands Tribunal
The Tribunal shall have jurisdiction to:
- Inquire into and make awards and decisions in any dispute relating to land under the 1995 Lands Act
- Inquire into, and make awards and decisions relating to any dispute of compensation to be paid under the 1995 Lands Act
- Generally to inquire and adjudicate upon any matter affecting the land rights and obligations under the 1995 Lands Act of any person or the Government Perform such acts and carry out such duties as may be prescribed under the 1995 Lands Act or any other written law