The 2017 judicial year official opening ceremony is set to be held on the 16th of January at the Constitutional Court where Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku will deliver the annual opening address which may focus on the Judicial Service Commission’s vision for the year.
The 2017 judicial year comes as the incumbent head of the judiciary Chief Justice Chidyausiku reaches retirement age, and the process for selecting his successor has been temporarily halted because the judiciary is awaiting the outcome of the proposed amendment of Section 180 of the constitution to allow the President to appoint the chief justice.
2017 will open with some unresolved high profile cases which were rolled over from last year which include the private proceedings to determine the suitability of suspended Prosecutor General Johannes Tomana from holding the office of head of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA).
The proceedings are being conducted by a 3-member tribunal headed by retired judge Justice Moses Chinhengo and may likely release the findings any time this year.
At the Constitutional Court there is a pending challenge lodged by Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Minister Professor Jonathan Moyo questioning the constitutionality of arrests by the Zimbabwe Anti Corruption Commission.
This follows his arrest together with his deputy Dr Godfrey Gandawa and ZIMDEF officials on allegations of defrauding ZIMDEF approximately half a million dollars.
At the High Court, the main appeal against both sentence and conviction by jailed cleric Robert Martin Gumbura is also expected to be handed down this year.
The Constitutional Court will also preside over a challenge by PHD Ministries founder Prophet Walter Magaya against the NPA challenging the constitutional validity of the NPA proceeding with prosecution when a rape complainant withdrew her charges on the basis that they were based on falsehoods.
These are some of the cases from last year which are expected to be determined during the course of the 2017 judicial year.