Twenty nine aspiring High Court judges have proved that they cannot write a judgment, an elementary skill that every judge must possess. For fear of more embarrassment, four of the candidates walked out of the waiting room with tails between their legs.
The panel, that was made up of 10 commissioners from the Judicial Service Commission, had to adjourn early after dealing with the remaining six candidates. Out of 43 candidates who on Friday sat for a two-hour exercise to test the candidates’ ability to write judgments ahead of the public interviews for the selection of eight High Court judges, only 14 passed.
In his remarks at the beginning of the public interviews yesterday, Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku said,
I am somewhat disappointed to report that out of the 43 candidates who turned up for the exercise, only 14 obtained a passing mark of five and above out of the total mark of 10. The Judicial Service Commission regards the writing of judgments as the competence of any judge. It is like the possession of a driver’s licence for all driver.