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Judiciary moves to appraise magistrates

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CHIEF magistrate Mishrod Guvamombe yesterday said mechanisms have been put in place to monitor the work of every magistrate as part of broad measures to ensure that the judicial officers are doing their work with a high standard.

BY PHILLIP CHIDAVAENZI

Speaking during the swearing-in ceremony of Zvichanzii Mugota, Gladys Moyo and Ruth Moyo as new magistrates, Guvamombe said he was going to consider comments made by superior courts in case reviews and appeals.

“In the assessment of magistrates’ work, I have put mechanisms in place of monitoring the work of magistrates by recording comments made by the superior courts on appeals and reviews,” he said.
“In that regard, I have opened files for each magistrate. I will be filing every review minute and appeal judgment in the file of the concerned magistrate.”

Guvamombe warned members of the public against enticing judicial officers with bribes as that undermined the justice delivery system.
He said his department would not tolerate corruption, which he said had well known negative effects.

The Chief Magistrate called on all stakeholders to combat sleaze in the country’s justice delivery system, which he said had no room for corrupt elements.

He said public confidence in the administration of justice was critical therefore magistrates had an obligation to be ethical in keeping with esteemed magisterial office.

He urged the incoming magistrates to be industrious, patient, diligent, knowledgeable and honest in exercising their duties.

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