LSZ pays homage to magistrates

HARARE – At a time some judges have been reprimanded by Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku for being lethargic in carrying out their duties, magistrates have been applauded for a job well done.

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Speaking at the swearing in ceremony of three female magistrates at the Rotten Row courts last Friday, Law Society of Zimbabwe (LSZ) president Vimbai Nyemba praised magistrates across the country for their diligence.

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“We are confident that the backlogs are going to be a thing of the past with your addition (new magistrates). We are happy that you have increased the number of our magistrates and common sense has it that the more the labourers the less the time it takes to finish a task,” said Nyemba, adding that, “I am happy that even the chief justice in his speech on the occasion of the official opening of the 2015 legal year, noted that in the magistrates’ courts the backlog has been reduced tremendously”.

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She also urged the new magistrates to abide by the ethics of the profession in order to effectively deal with cases in an impartial way.

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“Your duty is far more important than the money. It is a cause bigger than yourselves,” she said.

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“It is the cause for making this the greatest nation by delivering well-researched judgements, shunning corruption, promoting justice and the rule of law.

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“We collectively owe the future generations the duty to preserve the integrity of the courts. We don’t expect you to be perfect servants but to be public servants doing your best against all odds”.

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Nyemba also pointed out that the swearing in of the new magistrates was in line with new constitutional provisions, saying, “We welcome the appointments as they are in line with our constitution that requires judicial appointments to be gender-inclusive.”

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Turning to corrupt elements within her association, Nyemba said, “Lawyers are called to a perfect mission and they owe a duty of utmost faith to their clients and the public at large. The profession does not tolerate corruption and indiscipline from its members.

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“The law society will not hesitate to deal with the few lawyers among its members who will seek to soil the good name of the noble profession”.

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Recently, there has been an increase of legal practitioners convicted and imprisoned for various criminal offences. This has resulted in the LSZ closing some law firms and deregistering legal practitioners for lack of professional conduct.

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Addressing delegates and law officers at the same function, chief magistrate Mishrod Guvamombe challenged the newly sworn in magistrates to work hard and desist from corruption.

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The three magistrates, Ruth Moyo, Zvichanzii Venencia Mugota and Gladys Moyo will be posted to the Mashonaland Central and Manicaland Provinces for their respective duties.