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Positioning Of Resident Judges In Provinces Elates PRISCCA

Written by on December 27, 2021

The Prisons Care and Counselling Association (PRISCCA) has welcomed the pronouncements by the new Chief Justice Dr Mumba Malila that there will be positioning of Resident Judges in provinces that currently do not have Resident Judges.

PRISCA Executive Director Dr Godfrey Malembeka says the pronouncement is welcome as it will go a long way in transforming the criminal justice system in Zambia and ensure speedy as well as inclusive access to justice for all.

Justice Malila said this during a virtual address to adjudicators and Judiciary staff on Friday where he observed that observed that this will in the long run help the judiciary save considerable sums of money that have been expended on court circuiting.

And Dr Malembeka has also reaffirmed the need to have Resident Judges in all the 10 provinces of the country to avoid court circuiting, adding that when court circuiting is done away with, speedy access to justice will be guaranteed.

Dr. Malembeka adds that Court circuiting has created a backlog of cases, thereby delaying disposal of cases and has led to delayed confirmation of juveniles among other things saying PRISCCA has expressed satisfaction reading the Chief Justice’s vision of the judiciary.

The Organization has since congratulated Dr Malila on his appointment and consequential ratification by Parliament and has further expressed confidence that his vast knowledge in legal and human rights issues will help transform the criminal justice system in Zambia.

By: MONICA Baidoo

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