Drawn-out court cases violate human rights: Walters

08 Feb 2015 08:20am
WINDHOEK, 08 Feb (NAMPA) - The delay in finalising court cases is a violation of people's constitutional right to a fair trial, Ombudsman John Walters says.
Depending on the complexity of the case or trial, it should be finalised within a certain period of time, he said.
“We will approach our courts for them to declare a reasonable time when a trial should start and end,” Walters told Nampa on the sidelines of a free legal advice session held in Katutura on Friday.
The event was organised by the Office of the Ombudsman together with the Namibian Law Society to advice people on legal issues at no charge.
Many people attended the session, including residents of Rehoboth and Okahandja.
While it was the first time to be staged in Windhoek, similar events already took place in Keetmanshoop and Ongwediva in previous years.
Walters said organisers would like to take the event to other regions.
“As long as we have lawyers and the Ombudsman the event will not be a once-off event,” he promised.
Some members of the public this agency spoke to said it is a good initiative, because legal fees are quite expensive.
Meanwhile, the Office of the Ombudsman will commemorate 25 years of Namibia's Constitutional democracy on Monday.