The upsurge in Covid-19 cases has led to immediate scaling down of court operations across the country with skeletal staff only attending to initial remands, urgent and bail applications.
In a circular gleaned by Zim Morning Post Wednesday afternoon, Chief Justice Luke Malaba issued a practice direction suspending filing of new cases, process, documents, pleadings and papers from 22nd of July 2021 to July 27 2021.
“Following the extension of national locklodown pronounced through the Public Health (covid-19 Prevention, Containment and Treatment)… and the unprecedented upsurge of covid-19 cases country wide, this practice direction is hereby issued to give guidance on court operations, filing of pleadings and processes, and handling of cases before courts.”
“With effect from 22 July 2021, the filing of new cases, process, documents, pleadings and papers shall be suspended for a period up to 27 July 2021, unless the period is earlier extended or revoked,” read the practice direction issued by Malaba.
The skeleton staff manning the courts will only attend to limited services such as initial remands,urgent applications and processes and bail applications according to the practice direction issued.
The Chief Justice also said the Sheriff and the Messenger of Court will be available to attend to matters that are urgent.