Covid-19 to delay hearing of cases as Judges work in shifts

Justice delayed is justice denied but due to threats of corona virus, delivery of rulings are expected to be taking time because judges presiding over the cases are working in shifts.

In a memo seen by at Mzuzu high court, judges are required to work only one day a week as one of the measures put in place by the judicial service commission to contain the spread of corona virus.

Insiders also confided to Akometsi that the change in duty roaster will greatly delay the hearing of some cases, especially those under the lower courts.

In vindicating the development, the case involving Fredokiss Penjani Kalua who is being accused by the state of inducing the voters during the recent past fresh polls, which was slated for hearing on Tuesday, July 28 was adjourned to later dates because the magistrate who is handling the case was not on duty.

Lawyer for the accused Leonard Mbulo confided in Akometsi that magistrate Gladys Gondwe who is hearing the case is, in the current roaster, working on Mondays only.

“We’ve been, therefore, advised by the court that we’ll be communicated on the new dates for hearing of the case,” said Mbulo.

The rescheduling of the duty roaster which, according to judiciary authorities is meant at decongesting court premises, has come at a time the state is arresting a lot of culprits, suspected to have been involved in immense crimes during the previous government.

The inevitable delays will greatly hamper the expediting of cases in the country.

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