The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) has announced that courts are now fully operational following President Mnangagwa’s easing of the national lockdown yesterday.
Through Practice Direction 5 of 2021, with effect from today normal proceedings will resume although entry into the courts shall be limited to litigants, their legal practitioners, necessary witnesses and identified members of the press.
“Normal court operations, including the offices of the Master and the Sheriff of the High Court, shall resume with effect from 2 March 2021 subject to the following:
The justice authority said filing and processing of new cases, process, documents, pleadings, papers and court orders, including service and execution by the Sheriff and the Messenger of Court, shall be done in terms of the applicable Court Rules, legislation or court order.
In terms of remands, accused persons originally remanded between 5 January 2021 and 1 March 2021, remain automatically remanded to the dates stated in Practice Direction 4 of 2021.
Conditions of operations prescribe that all persons who attend Court shall at all times be subjected to temperature checks, sanitise their hands at entry into court premises, wear face masks in the manner prescribed by law, avoid person to person contact and maintain social distancing.
The commission will not allow anyone who violates these conditions entry into court premises while those who have no business in the premises shall not be permitted entry. Nhau/Indaba