Legal services in Namibia unaffordable: Katamelo

18 Dec 2013 16:00pm
WINDHOEK, 18 DEC (NAMPA) – Gobabis Constituency Councillor Phillipus Katamelo says he hopes the High Court Amendment Bill will help make legal services in Namibia more affordable.
Katamelo was speaking during discussions on the High Court Amendment Bill in the National Council (NC) here on Wednesday.
This Bill will empower the Judge-President to make rules to regulate the sale in execution of immovable property; to make court-ordered alternative dispute- resolution compulsory in certain cases; and to regulate and speed up the litigation process.
The NC has been sitting since Monday, and will continue until Friday to review three other urgent Bills referred to it by the National Assembly (NA).
The Bills are the Communal Land Reform Amendment Bill; the Agricultural (Commercial) Land Amendment Bill; and the Magistrates’ Amendment Bill.
Katamelo said he is happy that with this Bill, the Judge-President - with the concurrence of the country’s President - will be able to set tariffs for court fees, as well as tariffs chargeable by legal practitioners.
“This is one of the key elements of trying to make legal proceedings and legal services affordable because at the current rate, it is one of the most unaffordable services in the country,” he charged.