Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Luke Malaba has directed that the Harare civil Court should be renovated as it is not fit for purpose. Justice Malaba said that the Judicial Services Commission (JSC) was embarrassed by the state of the derelict buildings. Speaking at the official opening of the 2018 legal year in Harare on Monday, Malaba said:
I wish to comment on the state of disrepair of Harare Civil Court. I have deliberately chosen to comment on this court because this is the busiest court in Zimbabwe. This station receives the highest number of cases than any of the provinces in the country. This is the court to which most of the vulnerable of our litigants go.
The state of disrepair has become a source of embarrassment to the Judicial Service Commission (JSC). The situation is made worse by the fact that there is a shortage of magistrates to man the court and a few who are there are inexperienced,” said Malaba, painting a grim picture of the court’s sorry state.
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I have since approved that it undergoes a major facelift to at least make it habitable and conducive for the court to dispense justice. I am pleased to advise that all the necessary steps are being taken to improve the image of that court in all respects.
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