Friday, July 30, 2021

Botswana’s wheels of justice grinding fine – registrar

The Administration of Justice says it has introduced reforms aimed at improving service delivery in the Judiciary. 

These include, among others, the expansion of coverage, the establishment of specialised Courts and the digitisation of some of the Court processes. 

This emerged at the 58th Public Accounts Committee meeting. 

“We convey our sincere gratitude to the other Arms of Government for their support to the Judiciary. Through this support, we have been able to undertake the following projects during the year under review: Augment our fleet through the procurement of vehicles to cater for newly appointed Judges and newly established stations; Improvements and maintenance of institutional houses for Judicial officers and the procurement of porta cabins for Bobonong, Gantsi, Gumare, Kang and Nata,” said Juliana Dube Acting Chief Registrar.

Dube said the intention is to continue to take the judicial services to the people and facilitate the quick disposal of cases.

“In an effort to reduce travel and improve the accessibility of the Courts by the public, a Division of the High Court was established in Maun to cater for the North-West Region. The services were provided through an arrangement of a visiting Judge,” said Dube.

The acting Registrar said registration of Trusts was undertaken by the Deeds Registry under the Ministry of Land Management, Water and Sanitation Services as notarial deeds. However, in 2018, after the enactment of the Trust Property Control Act of 2018, the registration of Trusts was legally transferred to the Administration of Justice. 

The Act was introduced to govern and regulate Trusts in Botswana, which until recently, were unregulated. We commenced receipt and consideration of applications for the registration of Trusts with effect from December 2018.

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