High court and Magistrates court all over the country will starting tomorrow July 15, go for the annual one month Court vacation which will end on August 14, 2017
Other courts like the Appellant Court /Constitutional Court will start their vacation on July 31 2017 and return on August 31st 2017.
During the court vacation both High and Magistrates court will only attend to cases of criminal nature but not civil.
According to senior communications officer in the Judiciary Solomon Muyita, the Judicial officers who are going to benefit most in this vacation are the Judges, Registrars and Magistrates
“During this vacation, at least at every court shall have a judicial officer on standby to handle urgent matters,” he said.
Muyita adds that during this period, civil matters will not be heard but ongoing Criminal matters will continue.
“Hearing of new cases, bail application and long hearings will be stayed but special matters will be handled”
He however adds that during this period other court business like filling of new cases will continue
Court Vacations are provided for under Rule 4 of Judicature Act which governs Court Vacation states that court shall not sit to discharge business other than such civil business that shall, in the opinion of the presiding judge, be of an urgent nature