Zvikomborero Parafini, Court Reporter
FIVE new magistrates were sworn in on Monday at the Harare Magistrates Courts.
The five newly sworn in magistrates are Fungai Dzimiri, Alfred Dzinembiri, Moses Musiiwa and Rumbidzai Kabasa and Jesline Madaka.
Speaking on the side-lines of the swearing in ceremony, chief magistrate Munamato Mutevedzi emphasised the need for quality in the way magistrates execute their duties and said the recruitment of magistrates was an ongoing process.
“We now have the appropriate numbers in the courts. The recruitment is ongoing as we aim to reduce the heavy workload on magistrates. That lessening of the workload will enable them to improve the quality of their judgements and sentences as well as the overall product from our courts.
“What we are then doing is that you will see when we recruit magistrates there is a very intensive induction process that they undergo.
“They write examinations at the end of that induction and its quite some rigorous process to the extent that when the five magistrates that we saw today started this induction, they were 10 of them.
“The other two were sworn-in earlier than the others because they had performed better than these ones.
“The other two unfortunately fell by the wayside because they failed their examinations and we decided that they were not good enough to become magistrates at the moment. Maybe they will try next time with an improvement they stand that opportunity to then come in,” he said.
“The numbers in the courtrooms have grown reasonably well to our satisfaction and we believe that with the support that we are getting from the secretariat and from Treasury, we will continue recruiting more magistrates.
“We have a class of about 15 more that are coming in. They have just started their training and we hope by the end of their induction they would have done very well enough to enable us to swear them in,” he said.
He added that the fight against corruption continues and complaints against judicial officers will be followed by disciplinary action.