News:Another Judge criticises lawyers from Attorney General's Office

<vote /> High Court Judge Justice Francis Bere said lawyers from the Attorney General’s Office were failing to treat matters of public importance with the seriousness they deserve after they once again failed to file their heads of argument in a matter involving the Sexual Rights Centre and the police, hardly two weeks after they botched a similar case before a full Constitutional Court bench in Harare.

Bere said,

I am really worried about the manner in which lawyers from the Civil Division in the AG’s Office conduct themselves especially when it comes to filing heads of argument on serious matters that affect the nation.

The AG’s Office defied a directive issued two weeks ago by Justice Nicholas Mathonsi who ordered them to file heads on behalf of Home Affairs Minister Dr Ignatius Chombo, Police Commissioner-General Augustine Chihuri and Chief Superintendent Fungai Dengu, the officer commanding police in Bulawayo Central District who were cited as respondents in the matter.

Sexual Rights Centre was seeking an order sanctioning a march by its members in commemoration of the International Day to End Violence against Sex Workers in December. They also want an order declaring the prohibition of the march by the police a violation of their rights. Justice Bere postponed the matter to October 6 and directed the registrar of the High Court to order the Civil Division in the AG’s Office to immediately file their heads of argument.

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