Operations at Harareâ€™s Magistrates Courts ground to a halt this Monday following a strike by Magistrates and supporting staff over poor remuneration.The strike by the court officials led to legal business coming to a standstill with no cases being heard.
Acting Judicial Services Commission Deputy Secretary, Mr. Rex Shana confirmed the unfolding situation, but explained that the striking Magistrates and supporting staff had not duly notified the commission of their grievances as dictated by protocol.
Mr. Shana expressed hope that the striking staff would present their concerns to the commission through their representative bodies as soon as possible.
The Judicial Services Commission now has the prerogative to administer the affairs of lower courts, following recent reforms which saw the Magistrates court being removed from the Justice and Legal Affairs Ministry, a move which was expected to improve the efficiency and the working conditions for the court officials.
Efforts to get an official comment from the Chief Magistrates Office for the official position regarding the demands by the striking court officials were in vain as no confirmation or denial of the job action was given by that office.