By Lerato Ndlovu
Judicial Service Commission (JSC) today announced the suspension of operations at Karoi Magistrate Court as precautions to allow for premises decontamination after some members of staff at the station recently tested positive for Ccovid -19.
In a statement issued it read that “JSC regrets to advise all stakeholders, legal practitioners and all litigants that effective Tuesday 19 January all operations at the Karoi Magistrates Court in Mashonaland West will be suspended until Monday 25 January.
“The measure is a precaution taken to allow the decontamination of the premises, contact tracing and further tests after some members of staff at the station recently tested positive for Covid -19.They are working with officials from the Ministry of Health and Child Care and all stakeholders to ensure a safe reopening of the station.The commission urged the public to refer their issues to Chinhoyi Magistrates Court.
“The Commission wishes to further advise that during the period that the Karoi Magistrates Court will be temporarily closed, all urgent matters are being referred to the Chinhoyi Magistrates Court.
“This follows after Chief Justice Hon Luke Malaba introduced this year’s theme “Ensuring an Efficient and Effective Judiciary”, which he said resonated with the Government’s National Development Strategy 1 (NDS1).
“The recent upsurge in cases and the emergence of a stronger and more infectious variant of the virus calls for everyone to remain vigilant and comply with health guidelines issued from time-to-time by health authorities to slow down the spread of the disease,” he said.
The country has seen a second wave of Covid-19 menace which has seen escalating deaths with latest figures by health authorities indicating a record breaking 60 deaths in a space of 24 hours.