Supreme Court working on efficiency: Shivute

09 Feb 2017 14:30pm
WINDHOEK, 09 FEB (NAMPA) – Thirty-seven judgements were handed down by the Supreme Court during the 2016 legal year.
This figure is contained in the latest legal statistics released by Chief Justice, Peter Shivute on Wednesday at the opening of the 2017 legal year.
Shivute said the completed judgements include some that had regrettably been outstanding before court for quite a long time.
He said the Windhoek Supreme Court holds three sessions every year and in the past year the court had no more than 10 cases per session.
“The number of cases enrolled in the Supreme Court per term has since increased from 10 to 15, and the speed of delivery has improved remarkably,” said Shivute.
He said it is now an expectation that all old judgements that have been allocated to other judges for completion, will be delivered in the first part of this year.
Shivute told lawyers, judicial officers and officers of the courts that in addition to the aforesaid completed judgements, the Supreme Court in 2016 received and disposed five civil petitions and three criminal petitions.
Towards the end of 2016, the Supreme Court finalised the new draft rules that once implemented, will contribute to making the judicial body more efficient.
“We are also now considering the implementation of greater outreach initiatives to generate greater public interest in the court’s work by publishing on the court’s website summaries of forthcoming cases and providing summaries of the court’s decisions once delivered,” said Shivute.
President Hage Geingob officially opened the 2017 legal year and strongly appealed to people involved in the legal profession to work with one another in efforts to help improve the country’s justice system.