THE Judicial Services Commission (JSC) is set to provide accommodation and vehicles to magistrates across the country, as it seeks to improve their conditions of service and reduce corruption in the judiciary.
Chief magistrate, Mishrod Guvamombe made the remarks yesterday on the sidelines of the swearing in of five new magistrates at Harare Magistrates Courts.
Magistrates, before the advent of the new constitution in 2013, were regarded as civil servants, but now fall under the JSC, like judges.
“We are looking at giving each magistrate a vehicle and accommodation so that they are no compromised,” Guvamombe said.
The majority of magistrates stay in rented accommodation and travel by public transport compromising both their security and status in the eyes of the public.
Guvamombe said the provision of the new perks was part of the commission’s long term objectives and depended on availability of funds.
The five new magistrates sworn in yesterday were Yeukai Dzuda, Elizabeth Magomore, Moreblessing Makati, Tracy Biancar Muzondo and Takunda Victor Nyamandi.
All the new magistrates have law degrees and four graduated from University of Zimbabwe, while Muzondo is a product of Midlands State University.
The deputy president of the Law Society of Zimbabwe, Chaka Mashoko welcomed the appointments, saying they proved that the JSC respected gender equality as espoused by the new constitution.
Of the five new magistrates four are female and one male.
“The gender parity of the new magistrates sworn in today is encouraging and shows that we are meeting the constitutional dictates of gender equality in commission and public service,” Mashoko said.