Masvingo High Court judges ap­pointed

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Wal­ter Mswazie

THE re­cently-opened Masvingo High Court will op­er­ate full time start­ing Septem­ber this year, af­ter the Ju­di­cial Service Com­mis­sion (JSC) ap­pointed two judges to try cases in the prov­ince.

JSC sec­re­tary Jus­tice Rita Maka­rau said Jus­tice Garainesu Mawadze and Jus­tice Joseph Ma­fusire had been ap­pointed res­i­dent judges at the court.

Masvingo High Court had not been hear­ing cases reg­u­larly since its of­fi­cial open­ing by Vice Pres­i­dent Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa in May.

The court, how­ever, was used im­me­di­ately af­ter its open­ing dur­ing the sec­ond quar­ter cir­cuit sit­tings when Jus­tice Joseph Musakwa presided over seven cases.

“Nor­mal High Court ses­sions in Masvingo will com­mence on Septem­ber 1 fol­low­ing the ap­point­ment of the two judges,” said Jus­tice Maka­rau.

She said the of­fice of the Mas­ter of the High Court was, how­ever, fully-op­er­a­tional from the time the High Court was opened in May with peo­ple from Masvingo get­ting as­sis­tance.

“Peo­ple from Masvingo are vis­it­ing the of­fice to regis­ter their deeds of trustee. All de­ceased es­tate files from Masvingo which were dealt with in Harare will be trans­ferred back to Masvingo so that peo­ple no longer have to travel long dis­tances to the cap­i­tal,” she said.

Plans are also afoot to build another res­i­dent High Court in Mutare within the next six months with JSC say­ing all prov­inces should have a res­i­dent High Court to im­prove cit­i­zens’ ac­cess to jus­tice.

Last week Chief Jus­tice God­frey Chidyausiku of­fi­cially opened a mod­ern mag­is­trate’s court in Vic­to­ria Falls funded by the Royal Dan­ish Em­bassy in con­junc­tion with the JSC.

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