January 20, 2022

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Judicial Service Commission Shuts Down As Covid-19 Cases Surge

By Branton Matondo

The current rise in Covid-19 cases has led to a temporary closure of Judicial Services Commission offices and courts to pave way for immediate safety measures.

In an official statement dispatched on the 8th of December JSC noted that all head offices and courts across major parts of Zimbabwe are to be temporarily closed following an alarming sharp shot of Omicron cases through out the nation.

The statement read, ”
The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) announces the temporary closure of the
following offices and court houses due to confirmation of COVID-19 cases.
The Head Office in Harare and the
Harare Civil and Criminal (Rotten Row) Courts, Tredgold Court in Bulawayo,
Gweru Criminal, Gwanda Civil and Criminal Courts, Plumtree, Mutawatawa,
Shurugwi, Chitungwiza, Goromonzi, Norton, Rusape, Chegutu, Inyathi,
Kadoma, Mbare and Mutare Civil and Criminal Courts.”

The shutdown is close to a periodic nationwide lockdown of judicial operations.

JSC specified that the closure is all in all meant to facilitate fumigation, follow up testing and sanitisation of premises making sure that optimum safety is achieved.

“The temporary closure on Wednesday the 8th and Thursday 9th of December
2021 is to allow for disinfection of premises, testing, contact tracing and
adherence to all COVID-19 protocols to contain the continued spread of the
virus. Business will resume on Friday, the 10th of December 2021.”

Cases and matters initially scheduled for Wednesday 8 December have been rescheduled for 10 December.
For matters tagged for 9 December 13 December is now the new official date.
The Judicial body apologizes for any inconvenience caused.

“We kindly ask members of the public to bear with us.
For urgent enquiries contact our Head of Corporate Services C. R. Makoni-
Thodhlana on 0772 464 219.”