Irregularities tarnish the justice system

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

Irregularities and non-compliance with court rules are likely to have a bad impact on Botswana’s justice system if something is not done as a matter of urgency.

The President of the Court of Appeal,Justice Nick McNally said yesterday at the end of the criminal session of the Court of Appeal that this development is “unfortunate” and needs to be corrected as a matter of urgency.

He was confirming concerns raised by several judges who presided over appeal cases in which they noted that trials were not run properly.

The judges have noticed that court procedures were not fully explained to accused persons and not complied with. The judges also noted that in some instances the magistrates did not accept defence statements from the accused persons or [continue reading]

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