Topics Structure of the courts

Constitute topics are built from the variables in the Comparative Constitutions Project’s dataset, which captures the content of world constitutions. The particular variables relevant to this topic are listed below, in the form of survey questions.

More information about the CCP’s research design is available here, including background information on how the team designed the inventory of constitutional topics as well as the full coding survey


Establishes the basic organization of the judicial branch. In some cases only the highest court is established, leaving further organization to be determined by ordinary legislation.



Survey Questions

  • Does the court system provide for any of the following?
  • What name is given to the highest ordinary court?
  • What name is given to the ordinary courts?