After a coup d’état in March 2003, General Bozizé established a transitional government until general elections to be held in March 2005.
A new Constitution was adopted by referendum in December 2004, following a September 2003 National Dialogue and the October 2003 creation of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The judiciary is ineffective, unaccountable, corrupt and dependent on the executive. There is collusion between lawyers and judges, and a tribalization of the judiciary.
The High Council of the Magistracy malfunctions. The judicial system is slow, making access to justice ineffective. Impunity remains problematic as human rights violations are ongoing.
Central African Republic-attacks on justice-publications-2005 (full text, PDF)