The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) has not been spared from the pandemic with 31 testing positive for covid19.
Addressing on the occasion of the opening of the 2021 legal year Honourable Justice L. Malaba said the Judicial Service Commission has not been spared by this virulent disease. Currently there is a total of 31 confirmed cases amongst the members of the organisation. Two members are in critical condition. One died on 5 January 2021.
“The 2021 legal year commences today, 11 January 2021, as pronounced in the courts calendar published in the Government Gazette of 18 September 2020, through General Notices 2444, 2445, 2446 and 2447 of 2020. The legal position remains unchanged” said Malaba.
The Practice Direction Number 1 of 2021 regulates the operations of the courts during the National Lockdown period. The message from the Directive is that the courts, as an essential service, are open for a limited number of services. A circular has been issued to members of staff, guiding them on the manner in which they are expected to provide the services to the public in respect of the limited areas concerned.
Malaba pointed out that measures will achieve the intended purpose if citizens act in strict compliance with their commands. Acting without strict adherence to the preventive and protective requirements imposed by the Nation Lockdown Regulations would not only be criminal conduct but also dangerously reckless with one’s life. These times require self-discipline and behaviour consistent with policies and measures put in place by the authorities for the common good.
As at 10 January 2021, Zimbabwe has now recorded 21 477 cases, 12 582 recoveries and 507 deaths.