The law of East Timor is based on the laws of Indonesia that was applied de facto as of October 25, 1999, as was determined by the United Nations; however, legislation passed by the East Timor parliament supersedes Indonesian law.[1] While laws were originally published only in English, the government began enacting law solely in Portuguese in 2002. For this reason, East Timorese laws are now written in English, Portuguese, and Indonesian.[2] The law of East Timor is enforced by the National Police, established in 2002. One of the most important events in the history of the law of East Timor was the creation of the Special Panels of the Dili District Court, which attempted to deal with crimes such as murder, rape, and torture which took place in 1999. The panels sat from 2000 to 2006.

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  1. ^ Almeida, Bernardo (2017). "The Main Characteristics of the Timorese Legal System – a Practical Guide". Verfassung und Recht in Übersee / Law and Politics in Africa, Asia and Latin America. 50 (2): 175–187. ISSN 0506-7286.
  2. ^ SIMÕES, FERNANDO DIAS (2015). "Law and Language in Timor-Leste: Bridging the Divide". Contemporary Southeast Asia. 37 (3): 381–405. ISSN 0129-797X.