By Sarudzai Gonyonga
CHIEF Justice Luke Malaba has with immediate effect postponed court trials and non-urgent hearings for over two months to avoid further spread of coronavirus that has claimed a life on Monday.
According to Malaba only urgent matters, bail applications and initial remands will be handled by the courts.
In a statement issued on Monday, Malaba’s announcement follows President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s pronouncements last week on the deadly disease.
Chief Justice Malaba cancelled all weddings and urged parties concerned to approach the courts for rebooking after a period of two months.
“Trials and non-urgent hearings must be postponed for a period not less than two months except for urgent matters, bail applications and initial remands. No hearings will be done in chambers.
“In instances where hearings are held, these should be confined to parties involved in the case and their legal practitioners. Those not involved in the case are discouraged from attending or coming to court,” said Malaba.
He ordered all members of the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) at courts, legal practitioners and litigants attending court sessions to be sanitized at court entrance when going in and going outside the courts.
COVID-19 disease claimed its first victim in Zimbabwe, Zororo Makamba, on Monday as the world grapples with the disease that has caused more than 14 000 deaths with over 340 000 others infected.
So far the country has recorded two cases of the disease with one death reported on Monday. – Zimbabwe Voice
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