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    New Masvingo High Court perfomance assessed




    NKULUMANI MLAMBO

    MASVINGO -  The objective of bringing justice closer to the people by establishing a permanent High Court station in Masvingo appears to be achieving the desired result as there is speedy processing of cases brought from the lower courts.
    This was revealed by Judge President George Chiweshe who said the two judges at the court, Justice Joseph Mafusire and Justice Garainesu Mawadze reviewed a record 78% of the 193 criminal cases brought before them from the Magistrates' courts since September 2016 when they assumed duty.
    He also said 90 bail applications were made and 86 of them were cleared and 19 criminal cases were received and 14 of them were tried.
    Justice Chiweshe said this when he opened the 2017 legal year at Masvingo High Court on Monday. The Roman Catholic head for Masvingo Diocese, Bishop Michael Bhasera blessed the occasion while Father Richard Pundo gave the prayer.
     "Five criminal cases failed to kick off either because either accused persons or witnesses could not be located. Most witnesses are understood to have relocated to South Africa," added the Judge President.
    All 70 civil cases brought before Masvingo High Court are all still pending because of various reasons including settlement out of court and failure on the part of parties to make follow-ups.
    Justice Chiweshe recommended that there be reform in this area.
    He urged for the appointment of female assessors at the High Court.
    The ceremony was graced by lawyers from Masvingo, magistrates, prosecutors, senior Government officials and other invited guests.
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