Law Society bemoans delay in tabling amendment bills

The Malawi Law Society (MLS) has bemoaned the delay in tabling the Constitution (Amendment) Bill and the Judicial Service Administration Bill of 2023 saying it is heavily impacting negatively on Malawians seeking justice.

MLS President Patrick Mpaka said this on Monday during an engagement meeting with Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in Lilongwe.

Mpaka said the current legal framework lacks a mechanism for addressing judicial misconduct or grievances, highlighting the necessity of establishing a disciplinary tribunal for judges.

He said the proposed bills aim to address the existing gap and promote transparency and accountability within the judicial system.

Mpaka said the bills also aim at tackling various challenges affecting the justice system, including funding mechanisms.

CSOs representative Charles Kajoloweka, who is the executive director of Youth and Society (YAS), expressed their commitment to advocating for the prompt tabling of these bills in the upcoming Parliament session.

Kajoloweka also emphasized the prevalence of judicial impunity in Malawi and stressed the urgency of enacting these bills to combat such impunity and ensure accountability within the judiciary.

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