The specific hierarchy of authority in North Korea is the words or personal directives of Kim Jong-un; followed by the Ten Principles for the Establishment of a Monolithic Ideological System, WPK directives— particularly the policy guidance of the WPK Secretariat’s Organization and Guidance Department; the WPK Charter and domestic civil laws, and finally the North Korean Constitution. The WPK, while maintaining the dominant political role within the North Korean party-state, came to serve the leader in primacy above all other political entities. As in other communist political systems, the state and society serve the party, and civil laws do not bind the party.
- The Criminal Law of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea : adopted by the decision no. 2 of the Standing Committee of the Supreme People's Assembly on February 5, 1987. Pyongyang: Foreign Languages Publishing House. 1992. OCLC 43009419.