Chidyausiku row with High Court judges escalates

HARARE - Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku has hit back at High Court judges, claiming the fight between him and lazy judges will not end unless they improve their performance.

Chidyausiku was responding to a story published in the lickspittle State-run Herald newspaper yesterday, claiming that 21 out of 24 High Court judges had blasted him for his opening speech of the 2015 judicial year.

The judges said that the Chief Justice was out of touch with modern justice delivery system trends.

The Judicial Service Commission secretary Rita Makarau yesterday issued a press statement at the instance of Chidyausiku.

“The Chief Justice maintains his position that there will be no end to the fight between him and the under-performing judges unless they improve,” the statement said.

“In future, the Chief Justice will report all under-performing judges to the

Judicial Services Commission for the procedures set out in Section 187 of the Constitution to unfold.”

Officially opening the 2015 judicial year last month, Chidyausiku criticised under-performing judges, claiming that one of the judges had managed to deliver only two judgments during the course of the whole year.

The judges wrote a letter to Judge President George Chiweshe for onward transmission to the Chief Justice, claiming Chidyausiku had delivered the speech in bad faith.

The judges claimed they felt humiliated and dejected by Chidyausiku’s statement.

They said most of the judges were sometimes called to help out at the Supreme and Constitutional courts.

Chidyausiku would have none of the excuses, claiming he was sticking to his speech. “It is not the tradition of the Judiciary to engage each other through the press…The remarks that the Chief Justice made at the opening of the legal year were meant to make judges aware that there are unacceptable levels of under-performance that cannot escape censure and equally that under the same circumstances there is performance that sets benchmarks of what is achievable,” Chidyausiku’s statement said.

Since the beginning of the year, 105 judgments were handed down, which is an average of three judgments per judge in two weeks.


Comments (1)

I would advise all criminals to stop carrying out their jobs for a while. Once cought be sure to be sentenced even if the evidence is not enough. Now there is a race among prosecutors.

selele - 5 February 2015

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