harare-magistrates-court.03.09.10.jpgThe country’s lower courts have resumed normal operations after Magistrates officially heeded calls by the judicial tripartite negotiation team to return to work whilst negotiations continue.

Magistrates went on strike on Monday the 4th of April citing poor remuneration and working conditions.

The strike was called off on Thursday after 4 days of negotiations between the judicial officers’ association and their employer.

The strike had wrecked havoc within the whole justice delivery system with holding cells being overcrowded by arrested suspects awaiting trial.

ZBC News visited Rotten Row Magistrate Courts in the capital where operations were in full swing.

According to the joint statement released on Thursday by the Judicial Services Commission, the Magistrates Association of Zimbabwe and the Chief Magistrate, the call for the Magistrates to resume work was based on a mutual understanding following the disruption of the justice delivery system due to the strike.

The resumption of work by the Magistrates is expected to bring sanity to the judicial system where outstanding criminal and civil matters were piling up owing to the 4 day strike.