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Practice Direction 8 of 2021

Amendment to Practice Direction 7 of 2021
1) Practice Direction 7 of 2021 is amended in paragraphs 3, 10, 11, 12, 15 and
16 by the deletion of those paragraphs and substitution with the following:-
“Court Operations
3) All Court operations previously suspended from the 29th of July 2021 up to

COURT WATCH 9-2021 - When is a Chief Justice not a Chief Justice


[29th May 2021]

When is a Chief Justice not a Chief Justice?

A fortnight ago the High Court ruled that Chief Justice Malaba ceased to be Chief Justice when he turned 70 on the 15th May.  The court ruled that the recent amendment to section 186 of the Constitution, which would allow certain judges to serve until the age of 75, did not apply to Mr Malaba.  The court’s order was as follows:

“It is declared that:

Chief Justice's Practice Direction 2 of 2020 - Court Operations during the Extended Lockdown Period




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:-

Speech by the Honourable Mr Justice Luke Malaba, Chief Justice of Zimbabwe - Official Opening of the 2019 Legal Year

Mr Acting Prosecutor-General, Mr Attorney-General, and Advocate Matinenga, it is my pleasure to welcome you all to this occasion which marks the beginning of the 2019 Legal Year. The ceremony has become a permanent feature on the legal calendar. It presents an avenue through which the Judiciary can account to the public for what it has done in the administration of justice during the past year.

Constitution of Zimbabwe Amendment (No. 1) Bill, 2016 (H.B. 15, 2016)

On 9th December 2016 the Permanent Secretary for Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs revealed in an affidavit produced during High Court proceedings before Mr Justice Hungwe that Vice-President Mnangagwa, in his capacity as Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, had very recently sought Cabinet approval of his proposal to amend section 180 of the Constitution to change the procedure for the appointment of the Chief Justice, the Deputy Chief Justice and the Judge President of the High Court.  The proposed amendment would allow the President to make appointments to these t

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