JSC to demystify court system

HARARE – The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) is embarking on a country tour of provinces in a move that will see ordinary Zimbabweans interacting with court officials and other supporting departments.

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The tour is the first of its kind as the JSC moves in to bring justice to the people.

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In an effort to demystify the court system, the JSC is embarking on a country tour of all the provinces educating the citizens on their functions and services.

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The Deputy Secretary of the Judicial Service Commission Mr Walter Chikwana says the programme to meet the people is part of the commission’s mandate of improving justice delivery in the country through educating the public on legal issues and the court processes.

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“We have realised that some people do not appreciate the role of the court as they associate the courts with prisons. People need to know about other services like from the Master of the High Court which provides legal advice on the management of estates. As the commission it is also our mandate to ensure every Zimbabwean knows the court process and channels which can be followed when not satisfied with judgments,” said Mr Chikwana.

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The JSC begins its tour in Mutare this weekend where representatives from the office of the magistrates, the Prosecutor General, the Law Society, the High Court, the Constitutional Court and other non-governmental organisations will give free legal advice to the public.

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Also present will be the office of the Deputy Sheriff which usually encounters challenges in the discharge of its duties as some people fail to appreciate its mandate in debt recovery.