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Title:The Zambian judiciary in the 21st century
Author:Kunda, George
Periodical:Zambia Law Journal (ISSN 1027-7862)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Zambia
Central Africa
Subjects:judicial power
Justice, Administration of
Abstract:It would appear that in Zambia there are adequate provisions in the Constitution and other Acts of Parliament to ensure the independence of the judiciary and an efficient court system. The Zambian judiciary, which has been fully Zambianized, has performed well in spite of inadequate funding, bad conditions of service and the at times adverse political atmosphere. Nonetheless there have been shortcomings, some serious, notably in respect of delays in the dispensation of justice and delivery of judgments. In politically sensitive cases, the judiciary has acquitted itself in such a way that criticism of some of its judgments has come from both the government and the opposition, suggesting that the judiciary in Zambia is independent. However, it is up to the Zambian judiciary to prove its independence and to meet public expectations in the dispensation of justice. A comparative analysis of judicial systems in England and Wales, the United States of America, and India, provides a point of reference from which to gauge the direction of the Zambian judiciary. Ref.