New High Court judges sworn in
Chief Justice Luke Malaba says there has been an increase in litigation in the country with members of the public have increased confidence in the judiciary.
The Chief Justice made the remarks at the swearing-in ceremony of five newly appointed High Court Judges in the capital yesterday.
The incoming judges include Justice Evangelista Kabasa, Justice Christopher Dube-Banda, Justice Siyabona Msithu, Justice Sanski Zisengwe and Justice Webster Chinamora (a former advocate).
The five bring the number of High Court judges to 36.
“We have been observing statistics of late and there is an increase in litigation across the board in this country.
“This includes all areas of law and this is a good thing because it shows that the public is appreciating that their interests can’t just be met by means of self-resolve, they are seeking services of an arbiter set aside by the law.
“More people are coming to the courts and there is more workload and it is in that context that we need to appoint more judges,” he said.
He said his office would continue to ensure judicial independence and the protection of citizens.
“As the Chief Justice my role is to ensure that the Judiciary is independent as it is a demand of the constitution, my role is to make sure that the constitution is upheld.
“We need to take measures that implement strategies that prove that we are able to achieve the constitutional objectives.
“One of the measures needed is to have more judges and we have had a number of these appointments since I took office in 2017 to ensure the realization of this strategy,” he said.
Chief Justice Malaba said the appointments were made in the interest of justice and will help in tackling their backlogs, which they are already dealing with.
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