List of Laws in Botswana

List of Laws in Botswana

What is Laws?

Law is a set of rules that are created and are enforceable by social or governmental institutions to regulate behavior, with its precise definition a matter of longstanding debate. It has been variously described as a science and as the art of justice.

List of Laws in Botswana

Ignorance of law

Bona fide claim of right

Intention and motive

Mistake of fact

Presumption of sanity



Immature age

Judicial officers


Defence of person or property

Use of force in effecting arrest

Compulsion by husband

Person not to be punished twice for same act or omission

Consent of Director of Public Prosecutions to prosecut

Frequently Asked Questions

Which law is used in Botswana?

Botswana follows a common law system which derives its laws from four (4) main sources: the Constitution of Botswana (CAP 00:00), various legislation, common law and customary law. The common law is a mixture of Roman Dutch law, and English law and South African law, which are persuasive.

At what age is defilement in Botswana?

147 – Defilement of person under 16 years (1) Any person who unlawfully and carnally knows any person under the age of 16 years is guilty of an offence and on conviction shall be sentenced to a minimum term of 10 years, imprisonment or to a maximum term of life imprisonment.

Is there rule of law in Botswana?

According to the Constitution Botswana is a sovereign Republic governed by democracy and the rule of law

How laws are made in Botswana?

Only the National Assembly can pass laws in Botswana, but it is normally the Government that initiates new legislation in the form of Government Bills. A Bill is a proposed law or a proposed amendment to an existing law.

How old is a minor in Botswana?

A child has been defined to mean a person under the age of 15 years. A young person has been defined as person above the age of 15 but below the age of 18. No one is to recruit any child or young person for employment

What is legal age in Botswana?

Section 45 of the Interpretation (Amendment) Act changes the legal age of majority in Botswana to 18 and is gender neutral in language.

Is kissing a minor an offence?

Bombay High Court: Anuja Prabhudessai, J., observed that touching private parts and kissing on the lips of a minor would not constitute to be an offence under Section 377 of Penal Code, 1860.

Is there death penalty in Botswana?

Capital punishment in Botswana is a legal penalty, and is usually applied for murder under aggravated circumstances. Executions are carried out by hanging. There is on average one execution per year, and the execution usually takes place some years after the trial.

How many types laws are there?

When researching the law, it is important to remember the four main types of law: constitutional, statutory, administrative and case (common) law.

What are the 4 rules of law?

These are: limited govern- ment powers, fundamental rights, regulatory enforcement and civil justice.

What are the 5 sources of law?

The primary sources of law in the United States are the United States Constitution, state constitutions, federal and state statutes, common law, case law, and administrative law.