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Chief Justice Highlights Journalists’ Role in Extending the Right to Public Court Hearings

LONDON – Chief Justice Dr. Mumba Malila, in an interview before his departure for Zambia, emphasized the critical role of journalists in reporting on court matters as an extension of the public’s right to a transparent legal process. He commended the recently concluded Commonwealth Magistrates’ and Judges’ Association conference held in Cardiff, Wales, with its central theme of “Open justice.”

According to a statement released by Speedwell Mupuchi, First Secretary – Press at the Zambia High Commission in London, the conference aimed to explore ways to make judicial proceedings more accessible to the public, aligning with the right to a fair hearing before an independent tribunal in open court.

Among the topics discussed at the conference, Chief Justice Dr. Malila highlighted the extensive deliberations regarding the broadcasting of selected court proceedings. He acknowledged the substantial attention this subject received and indicated that the judiciary would carefully consider the valuable insights gathered during the conference when determining its stance on broadcasting specific court proceedings.

The insights gained from the Commonwealth Magistrates’ and Judges’ Association meeting in Cardiff will be presented during the Judiciary’s policy committee meeting before the end of the year. Chief Justice Dr. Malila expressed hope that the Judiciary would take an informed stance, considering all factors, both positive and negative, regarding the broadcasting of selected court proceedings.

Zambia’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, H. E. Macenje Mazoka, and Deputy Commissioner Mr. Lubu Chibwe Nxumalo were present at Heathrow Airport to see off Chief Justice Dr. Malila and the delegation.

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