JSC to recruit 3 High Court

HARARE - The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) is set to hold public interviews next month to recruit three more judges for the High Court.

JSC secretary Rita Makarau on Thursday briefed the media on the development.

She said the commission, on March  14, 2014, advertised three judges’ positions for the Supreme Court of Zimbabwe and it invited President Robert Mugabe and the public  to make nominations.

They held interviews for the nominees but they now need an additional three judges for the High Court.

“We are calling for additional nominations and the people who had applied before are also going to be re-considered. 

“When we advertised the posts for the Supreme Court, we had an overwhelming response from lawyers who want to join the Supreme Court,” she said.

Makarau said the public interviews will be held soon after September 15, which is the closing day for the filling of nomination forms.

Some of the professional requirements for one to qualify to be a High Court judge are found under Section 179 of the Constitution.

A person must be 40 years and above and must have been a judge of a court of unlimited jurisdiction in civil or criminal matters in a country in which the common law is Roman Dutch or English.

The person must have seven years’ experience, be qualified as a lawyer and in practice.

Last month, public interviews for the selection of Supreme Court judges were held in Harare and these were the first public interviews held by the JSC to select nominees for the superior courts.

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