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    Court defaulters increase as economic hardships bite



    MORRIS BISHI
    CHIREDZI BUREAU

    CHIREDZI – Many court cases at the Chiredzi Regional Court are failing to take off because of a high default rate, Senior Regional Magistrate, Judith Zuyu has said.
    She said she suspected that the problem could be caused by the cash crunch and economic hardships that the people are currently facing.
    Speaking during a Victim Friendly Committee (VFC) meeting recently Zuyu said the rate at which the court is completing cases that are before it has now gone down compared to what it was in the past.
    Quite a number of cases of late but progress is slow nowadays as most cases are not taking off due to high number of defaulters. She said the failure to come court by both accused persons and complainants might be caused by many reasons and one of them might be the shortage of cash but police should notify the court in time so that other cases may be put on the roll to allow continuity of business at the court.
    "Of late we completed a lot of cases but nowadays most cases are not taking place because people are defaulting, both accused persons and witnesses. This might be due to various reasons they might be affected by the shortage of cash. We urge police to check witnesses before putting the cases on the roll. When the accused person is not located police should notify the court officials as soon as possible so that other cases will be put on the roll to allow continuity of business" said Zuyu.
    The meeting was attended by officials from various departments which includes police, lawyers, Ministry of Health, Social Services, Childline, prisons and many others.
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