Judiciary hiring more staff for primary, district courts

25Nov 2021
Getrude Mbago
Mpanda
The Guardian
Judiciary hiring more staff for primary, district courts

​​​​​​​THE government is in the process of uplifting human resources for primary and district courts in order to facilitate smooth provision of legal services and more rapid settling of cases.

​​​​​​​Constitution and Legal Affairs minister Prof Palamagamba Kabudi.

Constitution and Legal Affairs minister Prof Palamagamba Kabudi made the pledge yesterday after visiting Mpanda District Court, Tanganyika District Court and other government offices in Katavi Region.

He said the government plans to increase the number of legal aid providers which include hiring more lawyers and advocates as magistrates in primary courts, in public activities tied to launching the decentralised birth registration system for Katavi and Rukwa regions, an event scheduled for today.

The government is currently preparing procedures for integrated provision of legal services at the primary level, incorporating key service providers such as social welfare officers, probation officers, paralegals and others for timely provision of justice, he declared.

Probation is one among ways that can help reduce congestion in prisons as it is outlined in the Community Services Act, which allows prisoners to serve their sentences outside prisons.

Inclusive legal services provision where the National Prosecutors Office, social welfare officers, probation officers and paralegals create operational synergies in facilitating this optional carrying out of sentences is also envisaged, he explained.

The government has prepared a curriculum at certificate level to train more paralegals, with the Law School of Tanzania finalising the manuals “and we will start seeing more paralegals graduating," he stated, noting that access to justice in rural areas will be sped up.

The government is also working to ensure that in the next four years, all districts will have district courts, a strategic plan in the course of success, with just 22 districts not yet covered, the minister affirmed.

Refugees and guests living in various parts in the country must live by adhering to the country's laws, he said, underlining that Tanzania is a peaceful country, so by living here they should embrace this ideal and help with protecting the peace.

Praising regional and district officials for closely supervising the construction of classrooms for smooth accommodation of all form one pupils in January, he said that December 15 has been set as deadline for building classrooms in various areas. “So with the updates, Katavi is doing well in the area," he stated.

Community development officers need to spend time educating the public on proper expenditure of public funds intended to improve various projects and uplift people's lives, he emphasised, while Regional Commissioner Mwanamvua Mrindoko hailed the minister’s visit as leaders worked hard and collaboratively to ensure that legal and other public services are improved.

Aware of the public outcry at the moment, she said that Katavi has enough water, with urban areas water access reaching 90 percent and 70 percent in rural.areas, meanwhile as authorities work on government directives to ensure that water sources are protected

Road transport and port projects were also being implemented, with a view to open up economic opportunities in the region and neighbouring regions, she said, also touching on 13.6bn/- used to build 425 classrooms using the stimulus funds from the Covid-19 recovery facility of the IMF.

On child birth registration, Katavi authorities have a goal to reach 148,949 children, she said.

“We are going to ensure that we surpass the goal and reach more children with the service. Parents and relatives should take up the opportunity by bringing their children to be registered and handed the crucial certificates,” she added.

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