Epworth Magistrates Court opens … as Govt Takes Justice Delivery Closer To The People
EPWORTH – President Emmerson Mnangagwa officially opened the newly-established Magistrate Court in Epworth, Harare on Monday.
The construction of magistrates courts in suburbs is in line with the Government’s quest to take justice delivery systems to the people.
The initiative dovetails with the National Development Strategy 1 (NDS1).
Speaking during the opening ceremony, President Mnangagwa said the new court is part of the Government’s broader goal of bringing courts closer to the people, for the efficient administration of justice.
He said the latest development is a testimony of the Second Republic’s commitment towards decentalisation.
“The construction of this court is yet another milestone which attests to my Administration’s commitment towards the decentralization and devolution of essential services.
“It guarantees enhanced access to resources and services, including courts of law, by the majority,” he said.
The President also said his administration continues to prioritise the empowerment of vulnerable members of society.
“A strong and well-functioning judicial system plays an important role in underpinning economic development and improvement to the quality of the life of our people.
“it also entrenches confidence, creates certainty and reliability as well as gives assurance to both domestic and foreign investors,” he said.
The Head of State commended the Judicial Services Commission on the infrastructural developments that are taking place through the construction of various court stations around the country.
“The modernisation of our courts, including through equipping them with information, communication technology tools as well as the digitisation of documentation and processes.
“These developments are set to improve the success of litigation, resolution and deposition of cases, access to quality judicial services remains an important pillar in our endeavour to realise Vision 2030,” he said.
He urged the JSC to scale up the facilitation and promotion of transparent, effective and efficient justice delivery in Zimbabwe.
“In this regard, you are assured of my Government’s support. Under my Administration, the integrity of the judiciary remains key towards deepening constitutionalism, the rule of law and ensuring functional as well as productive communities,” he added.
The Epworth complex main building consists of two magistrates’ courtrooms, with eight offices and ablution facilities.
The Epworth’s Magistrates Court will handle both criminal and civil cases.
Between 2018 and to date, the JSC has completed 13 judicial courts across the country.