Based on the principle of natural justice, the Court Procedure of Bhutan was enacted 2001 to fill the procedural lacuna existing prior to its enactment. In Bhutan, means are no less important than the ends.
Under the Royal Command of His Majesty the Druk Gyalpo in 1995, the High Court started drafting the Penal Code of Bhutan, which was enacted by the National Assembly in the year 2004.
The Penal Code is the consolidation of sections from then existing Acts dealing with criminal offences. It is intended to reinstate dignity to the victims of crime and increase the possibilities for rehabilitation of offenders.