Cour de cassation
The Cour de Cassation (Supreme Court) is the highest instance in France for civil and criminal cases. The Court is divided into five civil divisions, one of which specializes in labour law and social security law (the Social Division) and one which is specializes in commercial law, and one criminal division. Its primary function is to promote consistent interpretation of the rules of law. Application is made to the Court by way of a form of reference called "pourvoi en cassation". The court can only examine points of law. All 80 judges, of which the court is composed are appointed by the President.