By Elvis Dumba
The completion of the New Judicial Services Commission Complex that houses both the Magistrate and High Courts fulfills the aspirations for access to justice by the Mashonaland West community.
The sentiments were made by the Ministry of Justice Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, Permanent Secretary Mrs. Virginia Mabhiza
Speaking on the sidelines of the official opening of the new Chinhoyi Judicial Services Commission Complex that houses both the Magistrate and High Courts in Chinhoyi, Mrs. Mabhiza said access to an efficient justice system is a key element in the national development strategy.
“The coming in of the High Court to Mashonaland West is a move that will fulfill the aspirations of the people of Mashonaland West Province in accessing efficient justice delivery system with the new court building contributing to the national economical support as access to justice is a key results deliverables of the broader justice delivery which falls under governance fulfillment of the national development strategy as the country moves to attain the middle-income economy by 2030,” she said
“The people of Mashonaland West wish has been met as they now have The High Court in the Province and it’s a welcome development in improving the efficiency of the justice delivery system in the province,” she said
The New Judicial Services Commission Complex was officially opened by President Emerson Mnangagwa who was flanked by his Deputy Vice President and Minister of Health and Child Care Constantino Chiwenga, Defense Minister Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri, Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, and Deputy Minister of Local Government and Public Works Marian Chombo among other senior government officials.
The complex has eight courtrooms with two allocated to the High Court and six for Magistrate Courts.
The building becomes the first in Zimbabwe to house both the Master of the High Court and Sheriff Department in the same complex. It also boasts of an e-library room, 48 offices, and undergrad holding cells.
Construction of the complex took 20 years with the project once stalling in 2008 due to hyperinflation.