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Title:Justification for the judicial code of conduct
Author:Kunda, George
Periodical:Zambia Law Journal (ISSN 1027-7862)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Zambia
Central Africa
Law reform
judicial power
Justice, Administration of
Abstract:The Judicial (Code of Conduct) Act, no. 13 of 1999 was enacted by the Parliament of Zambia and assented to by the President on 23 December 1999. Thus, the judiciary or judicature of Zambia is now required to operate in accordance with the provisions of this Act, which prescribes a code of conduct for judicial officers. Under Zambia's Constitution it is mandatory that there should be such a code. The code further provides a standard against which to assess judicial behaviour and serves as a guide to judicial officers about what is and is not acceptable behaviour. Perhaps the most important justification for such a code, however, is the need to instill public confidence in the judiciary. Members of the judicature should recognize the importance of developing and honouring a code of conduct in keeping with the ethical obligations of judicial office, although the standards which are ultimately adopted must be suitable to the Zambian context. App. (text of the code), notes, ref.