High Court Circular No.6 of 2009

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Date: 
07 December 2009

HIGH COURT CIRCULAR NO.6 OF 2009 REGISTRAR’S CHAMBERS P O BOX 90 MASERU - 100

REG/CIR/1                                                          7th December, 2009

TO:      CHIEF MAGISTRATE - CENTRAL

CHIEF MAGISTRATE - SOUTH

CHIEF MAGISTRATE - NORTH

 

 

PRACTICE DIRECTIVE ISSUED BY THE HONOURABLE CHIEF JUSTICE FOR THE MAGISTRATES AND COURT CLERKS

 

 

Kindly be informed that Mis Lordship the Honourable Chief Justice has directed that, in all matters that are sent to the High Court for sentencing the magistrates should always leave first fair copies of the records filed in their respective courts. This measure is taken to curb an acute loss without replacement of records sent to the High Court for sentencing and therefore resulting in a miscarriage of justice and prejudice to accused persons.

The Magistrates always must also ensure that persons detailed to personally convey such records are equipped with a pro forma document needing to be filled as a form of a return of service and proof that the record delivered has been received by the High Court officials.

As an additional safety measure against prejudice to the accused persons Clerks of Court must routinely inquire about the fate of criminal sentences should two months of the dispatched record expire without the result being received at their stations.

 

 

L. MOKEKE (MR)

REGISTRAR OF THE HIGH COURT &COURT OF APPEAL (a.i)