CJ advises out of court settlement

24Sep 2020
The Guardian
CJ advises out of court settlement

TANZANIA Chief Justice, Prof Ibrahim Juma has called on judges and magistrates in the country to enhance the use of out of court settlement especially in cases about inheritance.

Tanzania Chief Justice, Prof Ibrahim Juma.

Speaking to judiciary officials in Manyoni District , Singida Region in the first day of his working visit in the region, the Chief Justice said cases on inheritance have a lot of challenges hence out of court settlement will assist in hearing such cases.

He called on judges and magistrates to closely supervise and ensure those filing such cases in court should also submit inheritance reports to do away with the concept that the person appointed as estate executor is the one who benefits, the concept that prolong conflicts in the family.

“We should try to use out of court settlement as this will reduce cases at the courts. Article 107A of the Tanzania Constitution c all upon judges and magistrates to finalize cases through out of court settlement, said the Chief Justice.

In regard to the issue of ethics among court officials, the CJ called on the officials to perform their duties professionally and procedurally as in doing so they will be restoring the judiciary’s trust among the people.

He said Tanzania judiciary officials in various cadres are the mirror of the judiciary and if they do their work professionally, the judiciary will be enjoying a positive look at all times.

On Land Tribunals, CJ said the aim of the government to return the tribunals to the judiciary was still valid hence he called on court officials to prepare themselves to receive and integrate the tribunals.

Meanwhile, the Chief justice called on magistrates to be professionals in administering the laws, regulations and other procedures by ensuring that after arrest, a suspect must be brought to the court of law within 48 hours.

He also called on the magistrates to remind relevant authorities to abide by the laws, regulations and other procedures when arresting suspects.

He said the aim of his visit is to explain various challenges faced by judges of the Court of Appeal when hearing appeals.

He said among the challenges are various shortcomings when arresting suspects.

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