BULAWAYO provincial magistrate Elias Magate yesterday urged the public to trust the courts for legal remedy, but warned against raising bald accusations without supporting evidence as that put court officials in an invidious position.
To celebrate the occasion, the JSC conducted an open day at the High Court and Supreme Court during which the court officials interacted with the public in trying to help them understand the law and to explain how the same is applied in Zimbabwe.
Takawira added that this year’s theme required the commission to open itself up to the public and to public scrutiny and at the same time allow the public to appreciate how the country’s courts function in terms of the law.
JSC deputy secretary for legal services, Faith Mushure said previously the administration of the courts was fragmented where the Chief Justice was in charge of the Supreme Court, Judge President in charge of the High Court and the two would report to the Justice minister through the office of the registrar while the magistrates courts, were under the chief magistrate and would report to the same minister.
Mushure said during the same period, the commission expanded courts by opening the High Court in Mutare and Masvingo as well as building several magistrates’ courts across the country.