COURT WATCH 4-2020 - COURT OPERATIONS DURING EXTENDED NATIONAL LOCKDOWN

COURT WATCH 4/2020

[22nd April 2020]

Chief Justice’s Practice Direction 2 of 2020 on

Court Operations during the Extension of the National Shutdown

On Sunday 19th April – following the President’s announcement of the extension of the National Shutdown from 20th April to 3rd May – the Chief Justice issued the following self-explanatory Practice Direction 2 of 2020.  The new Practice Direction amends Practice Direction 1 of 2020 [see Court Watch 3/2020 [link]] to take account of the extension of the National Lockdown.

PRACTICE DIRECTION 2 OF 2020

COURT OPERATIONS DURING THE COVID-19 NATIONAL LOCKDOWN PERIOD

AMENDMENT NOTICE

 

Amendment to Practice Direction 1 of 2020

1)  Practice Direction 1 of 2020 is amended in paragraphs 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14 by the deletion of those paragraphs and substitution with the following:-

 

Criminal matters

“10. All pending criminal cases originally remanded to the dates shown in Column ‘A’ shall be automatically rolled over to the dates shown in column ‘B’:-

 

Column ‘A’

Column ‘B’

 

Original Remand Date

New date of remand

 

30 March 2020

4 May 2020

 

31 March 2020

5 May 2020

 

1 April 2020

6 May 2020

 

2 April 2020

7 May 2020

 

3 April 2020

8 May 2020

 

6 April 2020

11 May 2020

 

7 April 2020

12 May 2020

 

8 April 2020

13 May 2020

 

9 April 2020

14 May 2020

 

10 April 2020

15 May 2020

 

14 April 2020

18 May 2020

 

15 April 2020

19 May 2020

 

16 April 2020

20 May 2020

 

17 April 2020

21 May 2020

 

20 April 2020

22 May 2020

 

21 April 2020

26 May 2020

 

 

22 April 2020

27 May 2020

 

 

23 April 2020

28 May 2020

 

 

24 April 2020

29 May 2020

 

 

27 April 2020

1 June 2020

 

 

28 April 2020

2 June 2020

 

 

29 April 2020

3 June 2020

 

 

30 April 2020

4 June 2020

 

     
         

 

11. All summonses and subpoenas issued directing accused persons and witnesses to appear in court between 20 April 2020 and 3 May 2020 are cancelled and shall be reissued after the expiry of the lockdown period.

12. All sales in execution are hereby stayed for the duration of the lockdown period.”

 

Effective date

13. In light of the extension of the period of lockdown, this Practice Direction shall accordingly remain in effect until the expiry of the extended lockdown period.”

 

 

Hon. Mr Justice L Malaba

Chief Justice of Zimbabwe

HARARE

19 April 2020

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