Mzuzu lawyers demand more judges, petition Chief Justice

Malawi Law Society (MLS) Mzuzu Chapter have given the Chief Justice 21 days to post two more Judges for the High Court in Mzuzu saying the presence of one Judge – Dingiswayo Madise- at the Mzuzu Registry is a disservice to people seeking justice.

MLS Mzuzu Chapter President Victor Gondwe presenting the petition to Judge Madis

MLS Mzuzu Chapter President Victor Gondwe presenting the petition to Judge Madis

MLS Mzuzu Chapter Secretary Towera Chatupa reads the petition.

MLS Mzuzu Chapter Secretary Towera Chatupa reads the petition.

Madise poses with the lawyers

Madise poses with the lawyers

MLSMzuzu Chapter President Victor Gondwe said the Chapter will chart the way forward if their demand is not met after the expiry of this period.

“The presence of one judge is a serious issue to justice delivery,” Gondwe said.

In a seven page petition to the Chief Justice and the Supreme Court of Malawi and signed by 14 Law firms and Legal Houses, the lawyers noted that the only Judge at the Mzuzu High court is overwhelmed with both administrative and judicial commitments.

The petition has also been copied to the Office of the President and Cabinet, Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Attorney General, Solicitor General, the Registrar of the High Court and the Malawi Law Society President.

“ Whenever the same and only Judge is outside the Northern region but a need for an urgent relief arises, say an interlocutory injunction, the whole northern region is handicapped and incapable of obtaining the said relief for the duration the judge is away hence defeating the very objective of ensuring access to justice,” reads part of the petition.

The lawyers said as an interim relief, the Chief Justice must send one extra Judge as matter of urgency.

Judiciary spokesperson Mlenga Mvula has said efforts are being made to deploy another judge to Mzuzu.

Malawi has 34 judges of which 12 belong to the Supreme Court of Appeal and 22 to the High Court. Of the High Court judges, Mzuzu has one, Blantyre 10, Lilongwe seven and Zomba two.

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Mnganya
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Izi zoti ma judge achepa zilibe ntchito, katangale ali paliponse, kukhomelela ma udindo mu judiciary, atumbuka okhaokha.Bwanji mitundu ina ikulephela kupeza nawo mwayi umenewu.Ana athu ena anaphunzila kunja ndi ma private university mpaka nawo achitsilu a Chigona kumati amenewa ayi.Umbombo ndi dziko basi, pamtumbo panu

Mtumbuka
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Even if they send judges to the North, it wont bring any justice.Most reputable lawyers from the North ndiwodzikonda kwambiri.Kasambara amadzimva ngati mulungu.A judge Mtambo mkothi kumalemekeza a Mwakhwawa ndi Kasambara.Nthawi yakwana ma judge ndi ma lawyer adzichokela ku ma university osiyana.Ku area 47 kuli bar yomwe ma lawyers ndi ena ma magistrate amamwela mowa, tikudziwa mwanyanya katangale

Shawa
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U are from Northern part of malawi then u cal urself a malawian.

My fellow Tumbukas….malawi is for ANUWAKE DZIKO.

chatonda
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This bunch is full of corruption. Look at how they are playing with Kasamabara. Malawi belongs to the dogs indeed.

kufupikako bwanji?
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Kodi owowo ndi apolice kapena kapitawo wa Boma..or masenjala waboma ngati ali wa Police analowa bwanji ndi height yakeyo….kufupikako any way.. ngakhale abweretse judge ma judge apa malawi ndimawona kuti amaphonya chilungamo……..pali ma mistakes ambiri apa

ujeni
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All that cement on the building why? Answer me Malawi architects, why waste all the cement on those protruding cement pillars

ujeni
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Dirty ugly building that High Court. Erase the eyesore please

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