high court building.jpgThe 2012 legal year has been officially opened in Harare amid calls for judges to commit themselves to their jobs so as to avoid unnecessary delays in the justice delivery system.

 

In his address at the official opening of the 2012 legal year at the High Court in Harare, Deputy Chief Justice Luke Malaba read the riot act to some judges who are allegedly sleeping on duty.

Deputy Chief Justice Malaba said judicial officers should be accountable for their conduct in order to maintain public confidence and respect for the judiciary.

He revealed that a code of conduct for judicial officers has been adopted in order to deal with unethical behavior of some judicial officers.

He also criticised some legal practitioners whom he said are making unnecessary urgent chamber applications saying such behavior has also contributed to delays in the completion of cases.

An overall assessment of the backlogs has seen the Harare High Court which has a total of 18 judges topping the list, while four judges in Bulawayo are said to have worked very hard to clear most cases.

Meanwhile, the Deputy Chief Justice announced that a committee comprising legal practitioners, the police, Zimbabwe Prison Services, magistrates and judges will be formed to come up with solutions to problems in the justice delivery system.

 

The official opening was attended by Minister of Justice and Legal Affairs, Cde Patrick Chinamasa, Defence Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa, Senate President Edna Madzongwe, Clerk of Parliament Austin Zvoma, judges, legal practitioners and other government officials.