BLANTYRE (Maravipost)--Malawi's Chief Justice Anastazia Msosa Wednesday claimed that her office made all necessary arrangements to facilitate and ensure smooth progression of cash-gate trials.
Speaking at this year's Sherry arty on Wednesday October 1, Justice Msosa also claimed that the country has "enough judges and magistrates to preside over the trials".
"We have arranged for extra court space to handle cashgate cases," she said.
The Chief Justice urged both the prosecution and defence in all cases to
do their homework well before coming to court to avoid unnecessary delays in
the conclusion of trials.
She then cautioned magistrates and judges to be efficient when executing their work following public concerns on the delayed and outstanding judgements in the country.
Justice Msosa said the judges and magistrates should not just be requesting resources from the government when they were not performing.
She said the general public is "complaining bitterly" of delayed judgments.
“It is only fair that when, as a Judiciary, we ask government for resources, be material, financial, human or otherwise, we should also be able to demonstratethat we are performing," she said.
She also disclosed that judiciary will set up a research unit as an intervention that would ensure delivery of judgements without delay.
Likewise, Malawi Law Society of Malawi President Mandala Mambulasa said the delay in judgements was a concern to the society.
“The greater majority of our members hold the view that there has been little progress in far as the perennial problem of timely delivery of judgements and Orders is concerned.
“We shall not stop complaining until we see change," said Mambulasa.
Sherry Party, a ceremony for both judges and lawyers marking the beginning of Judiciary’s New Year, was also attended by former Chief Justice Lovemore Munlo, former Justice of Supreme Court of Appeal James Kalaile,
and Attorney General Kalekeni Kaphale.
The Sherry party, held at the High Court and pulled together judges and magistrates, also marks commencement of the Michaelmas Session which is a new judiciary year, the first and longest session of the
Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 October 2014 22:27