Audiencia Nacional

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Audiencia Nacional
Audiencia Nacional headquarters, in Madrid
Established 4 January 1977
Country  Spain
Location Madrid
Currently José Ramón Navarro
Since 8 January 2014
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The Audiencia Nacional (Spanish pronunciation: [awˈðjen.θja naθjoˈnal]; English: National Court) is a special and exceptional high court in Spain. It has jurisdiction over all of the Spanish territory, as well as over international crimes which come under the competence of Spanish courts. The Audiencia Nacional was created in 1977 at the same time as the Public Order Tribunal (Tribunal de Orden Público), a Francoist institution, ceased to exist. Its seat is in the city of Madrid.

In most cases, the rulings and decisions of these different divisions of the Audiencia Nacional can be appealed before the Supreme Court of Spain.


The Audiencia is composed of its President, the Presidents of the Chambers, and the magistrates that the law specifies for each one of its courts and divisions.

The Audiencia includes the following chambers:

  • Criminal Chamber, which is competent to try certain types of serious crimes such as terrorism, money laundering, genocide, etc., makes decisions about extradition demands by foreign countries and the execution of European arrest warrants, and hears appeals against rulings of the Central Criminal Courts (Juzgados Centrales de lo Penal).
  • Appeals Chamber, which hears appeals against rulings of the Criminal Chamber.
  • Administrative Chamber, which exercises judicial review of administrative decisions by senior officers (ministers of the Spanish government, secretaries of state) and certain specialised agencies (Spanish Agency of data protection, Concurrence Protection Commission, etc.)
  • Social Chamber, hears appeals against resolutions of the Central Social Courts (Juzgados Centrales de lo Social) regarding industrial disputes of nationwide scope.

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