57 magistrates have been sworn in at the Harare Magistrates Court.
The team, comprising 37 females and 20 males, is expected to be deployed to all the country’s provinces, in a move hoped to improve the justice delivery system in the country.
Inadequate human capital has been a major cause for delays in the completion of cases, thereby causing unnecessary backlog.
Chief Magistrate, Mr Mishrod Guvamombe said the 57 will be deployed in different provinces and he welcomed the decision to unfreeze posts.
The new government has adopted a zero tolerance to corruption and parents of the magistrates who took oath of office today said it is their wish for their children to shun corruption and to be impartial in their discharge of duty.
This is the first time that such a high number of magistrates have been sworn in, an indication that the listening government has hid the call by the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) to unfreeze posts for judicial officers.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs says the employment of more judicial officers is in line with their vision 2030 of improving observance of human rights and increased access to justice.
Minister Ziyambi Ziyambi said his ministry will continue seeking treasury concurrence to ensure the courts have requisite personnel, adding that the 57 magistrates sworn in today will complement the recently recruited National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) staff.
“It is the hope of the ministry of justice that we attain the vision 2030 of achieving a world class standard justice. The establishment of high courts in all the provinces is another deliberate move that will see Zimbabwe attaining world class standard justice,” said Cde Ziyambi.
Since independence, Zimbabwe had two high courts, one in Harare and the other in Bulawayo.
However, within a short space of time, two more high courts have been established in Masvingo and Mutare.
Apart from improving access to justice, the move will also go a long way in creating employment.