The judiciary has enough judges in terms of numbers and judicial officers to ensure they dispense justice without delay for the cases implicating some civil servants and some politicians in the Cashgate scandal, Malawi’s Chief Justice Anastazia Msosa said Wednesday. 1 October.
The Chief Justice said the government has deployed judges from Blantyre and Mzuzu to conclude the cases as fast as possible in the capital Lilongwe.
“We have arranged for extra court space to handle cashgate cases,” said Msosa during what is known as ‘The Sherry Party’ a ceremony marking the end of a court session and the beginning of a new one.
Justice Msosa stressed that the country has “enough judges and magistrates to preside over the trials”.
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 noted that 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 demonstrate that 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.
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 draws together professionals in the justice system who includes, judges, lawyers both from public and private practice to review the past year and look ahead to the coming year.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :