JSC determined to improve access to justice

By ZBC Reporter

THE Judicial Service Commission (JSC) has intensified the recruitment of Magistrates at a time when the court system is being decentralised to improve the justice delivery system.

Justice delayed is justice denied and the JCS is stepping up the recruitment drive, with 16 magistrates having been sworn in this Wednesday.

This comes at a time when the expansion and decentralisation of the court system has resulted in the increase of the JSC’s workforce to improve service delivery.

In an interview on the side-lines of a swearing in ceremony at the Harare Magistrate’s Court this Wednesday, Chief Magistrate Mr Munamato Mutevedzi said the JSC is impressed with the calibre of the magistrates and expects them to add value to the justice delivery system.

The expansion of our courts has seen the need to increase magistrates and so we shall continue doing so because we do not have enough as it stands. We are pleased with the quality of work that is being produced by our Magistrates despite having to deal with the backlog that has been increased by the COVID-19 pandemic, he said.

Mr Mutevedzi added that the recruitment drive is still underway.

As we speak we have 22 more Magistrates we are training and the process is ongoing. We will continue with this exercise as we wish to improve the justice system. More courts means more work and we are confident that we will be able to reach our goals when we have a good number of magistrates, he added.

12 of the 16 magistrates are women confirming that the JSC is making strides in empowering women.

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