Chief Justice warns “lazy” lawyers against being “uninterested observers” in court

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Chief Justice Luke Malaba has warned lawyers to be fully prepared and well versed with the cases that they will be presenting in court. Speaking at the just-ended Law Society of Zimbabwe conference in Victoria Falls on Saturday, Malaba said:

 

Why can’t you enjoy being a lawyer and why do you take it so casually, yet you’re holding onto something that is affecting every facet of the lives of people and yet we seem to just throw everything aside and act as if you’re are layman?

We now have lawyers, who come to court and present themselves as disinterested observers in body and in mind in their own cases, yet you have been hired to represent someone on a life issue.

…I want a lawyer, who will tell me the ugly side of his client and it is that side that makes me see a point and that maybe a deciding factor, as you have provided me with means that will make us have developed jurisdiction that will match the international standards.

More: NewsDay

Luke Malaba is a Zimbabwean judge and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Zimbabwe having been appointed Chief Justice of Zimbabwe by President Mugabe with effect from the 27th of March 2017. Before that he was the acting Chief Justice after the retirement of Godfrey Chidyausiku at the end of February 2017. Malaba was the first Deputy Chief Justice of the Supreme Court under Constitutional Amendment Act Number 18 in 2008, Read More

Victoria Falls Victoria Falls is a resort town located in the Matabeleland North province of Zimbabwe. The town is located on the eastern border which separates Zimbabwe from Zambia. Before the colonisation of Zimbabwe by the British, present day Victoria Falls was home to the Tonga community. The falls were referred to as Mosi-oa-Tunya, which in the local Tonga language means 'the smoke that thunders'.David Livingstone became the first European explorer to discover the Victoria Falls in 1855 and he made it known to the outsiders especially Europeans. Livingstone eventually renamed the place to Victoria Falls in honour of the Queen of Britain who was named Victoria. Read More



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