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gavel thumb100 BusinessLive reports that more than half of the 207 magistrates appointed by justice and correctional services minister Ronald Lamola are women, a move expected to improve female representation in the judiciary.  

More than half of the country’s population is female and the appointment of the 105 women, to take effect from February 2020, is expected to transform the magistracy to reflect the demographics of the country.  “The new appointments which we are now making will even further strengthen gender transformation, as more than half of the new incumbents are female, thus bringing the total number of female magistrates to 863 [out of 1,803].  This means that 47.8% of our magistracy [is] female,” said departmental spokesperson Chrispin Phiri.  The shortlisting of candidates for 249 posts and the interviews of 608 candidates took place from March to April.  The Magistrates’ Commission submitted its recommendations to Lamola in September.  “The filling of these vacancies is an important step in capacitating our judicial officers and our courts, so as to enable them to deliver justice to all,” Phiri said.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Ernest Mabuza at BusinessLive

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