Justice Gertrude Chawatama has bemoaned the high backlog of cases and delay of disposing off judicial cases and delivery of judgments in Mongu District of Western Province.

Justice Chawatama however pointed out that inadequate court infrastructure was one of the contributing factors in the delay of dispensing of judicial justice in Mongu.

She disclosed that Western Province has 85 registered local courts saying only 52 are operational, forcing clients to walk long distances in order to access justice.

Ms. Chawatama was speaking at Mongu High Court during the official opening of criminal court session where she citied some courts such as Sichamba in Kaoma and Buleya local courts in Kalabo District as being operating under rented facilities.

She noted that it was unfortunate that accused persons are conveyed to and from the court in an open van as the vehicle which was being used is broken down, posing risk to remandees.

And speaking earlier, Correctional Service Acting Assistant Regional Commanding Officer Allan Sikachiba is concerned with congestion of cells and lack of juvenile facility at Mongu Correctional Facility.

Mr. Sikachiba said lack of transport to ferry remandees is a major challenge that Mongu Correctional Service is facing.

Meanwhile, Western Province Minister Nathaniel Mubukwanu said government was committed to providing speed and timely adjudication of justice through constructions of permanent court structures in the Province.

In a speech read for him by Permanent Secretary Sibanze Simuchoba, Mr. Mubukwanu said the constructions of the first track Gender Based Violence in Mongu was a clear testimony of government’s commitment in ensuring fair and timely trials of cases.

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