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Mt Hagen Resident Judge Urge Lawyers to Use Mediation Services

Thursday, 9th February 2018

"Windhoek — During his annual legal year opening speech, Chief Justice Peter Shivute yesterday said the overbooking of defence lawyers for trials in the High Court is a worrying trend as fewer new criminal cases are now being finalised compared to previous years.

According to him this has caused the Judge President to initiate consultations with the Legal Aid Directorate and the Law Society of Namibia to address this problem for which a lasting solution must be found in the interest of the administration of justice.

He however praised the new reforms at the civil stream, judicial case management, mediation and e-justice as having contributed greatly to the early finalisation of cases and reducing litigation costs.

The Chief Justice announced the success rate of matters referred to mediation improved from 60.4 percent in 2016 to 68 percent in 2017.

With regard to the Supreme Court, he said repeated admonitions in judgments handed down had the desired effect and less and less time is wasted on applications for condonation for non-compliance with the rules of the court.

Chief Justice Shivute however said he is pleased the admonitions handed down through judgments had the effect that judges are able to deal with the merits of the appeals without being side-tracked by procedural skirmishes and added that it will only be to the benefit of the administration of justice."

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Language: English
Contact: Roland Routh

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