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Min of Justice set to table Judicial Service Administration Bill

The Ministry of Justice says the Judicial Service Administration Bill 2023 will be tabled in Parliament in July this year.

Spokesperson for the ministry, Frank Namangale, has told MBC Digital that preparations have been finalised.

Namangale therefore said plans by the Malawi Law Society (MLS) to hold demonstrations against the planned tabling of the bill are not worthwhile.

“The Ministry of Justice and the Judiciary initiated the bill, not MLS. MLS was just being consulted as a stakeholder, although today they may want to behave as if the ministry is frustrating the bill. We are not,” said Namangale.

During a recent consultation meeting on the tabling of the bill in Blantyre, MLS member lawyers suggested holding demonstrations aimed at pushing the government to expedite the process.

Chairperson for the Malawi Law Society Judicial Service Administration Bill 2023 Advisory Team, Ralph Mhone, expressed concern over previous unsuccessful attempts to table the bill in Parliament.

“The lawyers we met in Blantyre believe MLS should demonstrate to show seriousness. The new law will improve how Malawians will benefit from the judicial services of the country in many waysz” said Mhone.

The Judicial Service Administration Bill 2023 seeks to enhance independence, efficiency and accountability of the Malawi Judiciary once enacted by Parliament.

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