By Sandile Nkambule | 2017-12-08
With the shortage of courtrooms that has seen judges sharing courts, an alternative has been made as the Industrial Court is now moving to the new state-of -the-art Swazi Mobile building, otherwise known as the ‘Glass House’ within the city centre.
According to a design of the proposed move of the Industrial Court, which has already been availed and discussed at meetings, at least four courtrooms are going to be available on the fourth floor of the ‘Glass House’ together with offices for Industrial Court judges’ clerks.
The design also illustrates that the fifth floor of the building will have the judges’ chambers, two boardrooms, judges’ canteen and rest rooms.
Sources close to the matter have revealed that the court might move anytime from now and security will be beefed up as more police officers will be needed for the new court.
Currently, the Industrial Court has only three Judges in Justices Nkosinathi Nkonyane, Abande Dlamini and Dumisani Mazibuko.
With the backlog of cases that are with the Industrial Court registrar, acting judges of the Industrial Court are now and again being appointed to ease same.
With the High Court having about 12 judges, they have been forced to share courts as matters now start being heard as early as 8am till 5pm with only five courts and the new arrangement will now see three more courts from the Industrial Court being added.
When postponing a rape case yesterday afternoon, Judge Nkululeko Hlophe noted the courtrooms problem and expressed happiness that something was being done.
The chief justice, in his address to lawyers at their annual dinner and dance function, assured them that the issue of courts will soon be a thing of the past.
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