Zim commissions first ever virtual court

By Fungai Jachi

THE first virtual court in Zimbabwe was officially commissioned today, with government expressing commitment to continue putting in place measures to improve the justice delivery system.

The Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Honourable Ziyambi Ziyambi, who officially commissioned the virtual court, reiterated government’s commitment to improve the country’s justice delivery system while upholding human rights.

“This is in line with Vision 2030 and even though COVID-19 brought problems, it allowed us as a country to adopt technology and ensure we move forward to realise our access to justice,” he noted.

Chief Justice Luke Malaba weighed in saying the deliberate move to adopt ICT is a fundamental development that marks transformation.

“The JSC has embarked on a journey and this journey includes the adaptation and transformation of the administration of justice. As the JSC, we are dovetailing the National Development Strategy One (NDS1) by embracing technology as we move towards vision 2030.”

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) country representative, Ms Mia Seppo praised government efforts to improve access to justice as it speaks well to the upholding of human rights.

“There is need to keep the virtual courts viable even in the post COVID-19 era as this will improve access to justice to litigants. UN remains committed to supporting the Judicial Service Commission as it continues to provide such a critical service,” she said.