COVID-19: Harare Magistrate’s court postpones matters

By Margaret Matibiri
Accused persons who were appearing before the Harare Magistrate’s court on different matters have had their cases postponed to later dates of not less than two months as part of the Judicial Service Commission’s measures to reduce the spread of Covid-19.
The Magistrate’s court this Wednesday actioned the directive issued by the Chief Justice on Monday, to have trials and non-urgent hearings postponed for a period of not less than two months.
In a bid to reduce the spread of COVID-19 which is commonly known as the Corona virus, four magistrates were on duty as they took turns to remand all matters on the court roll to later dates.
In the meantime, the court will only attend to initial remands, bail applications and urgent matters and no hearings will be done in chambers, in instances where hearings are held, these should be confined to parties involved in the case and their legal practitioners.
As part of precautionary measures, all individuals going in and out of court are being sanitized.
The Judicial Service Commission has long since announced that all weddings have been cancelled and that parties should approach the courts for rebooking after a period of two months.
Also, anyone not involved in a case before the court is discouraged from attending or going to court.