Government says there are plans to establish High Courts in seven of the 10 provinces of the country by 2025 as part of a deliberate effort to decentralise the justice delivery system and ensure cases are speedily concluded.
Responding to questions in the National Assembly yesterday, Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ziyambi Ziyambi told Parliament that the Judicial Service Commission is determined to establish more courts of law to help clear the backlog of cases.
Legislators wanted to know why murder cases were taking long to be concluded.
“The JSC has taken measures to speed up cases and one of it is to decentralise the High Court and increase the number of lower courts.
“Plans to establish further High Courts, for instance in Chinhoyi, are in place.” Ziyambi said.
Presently, the High Court sits permanently in Harare, Bulawayo, Masvingo and Mutare, but judges do go on circuit to other centres.
The Minister of justice said by 2025 High Courts will be established in at least seven of the 10 provinces.
“By 2025 at least seven of the 10 provinces would have High Courts established,
“There have also been High Courts sitting in circuit in Gweru and Hwange, among other areas.” Said Minister Ziyambi.
Minister Ziyambi further said murder cases were complex and entailed a lot of procedural issues that might take time.