Wed, 18 May 2022

HARARE, Jan. 11 (Xinhua) -- Chief Justice of Zimbabwe Luke Malaba on Monday urged the government to adequately fund the judiciary and offer attractive conditions to stem high staff turnover.

Officially opening the 2022 legal year, Malaba commended judicial officers for their performance in 2021 under difficult conditions.

Malaba said it is incumbent on the government to ensure that the wheels of justice keep turning.

"In view of the economic environment that is prevailing in the country at the moment, workers in the public sector including workers in the judicial service continue to experience financial hardships due to low remuneration levels," he said.

The Judicial Service Commission witnessed a high staff turnover in 2021 due to low salaries, with 88 staff members resigning, of whom 18 were magistrates, he said.

Due to inadequate funding, the commission had to cut down on its operations or rely on support from development partners, which compromised its independence, Malaba said.

The commission will speed up technological transition to ensure uninterrupted court operations amid the pandemic, he added.

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