Small claims courts set up countrywide

?????????????????????????Senior Court Reporter
The Overseer of the Ministry of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa, has set up small claims courts countrywide to deal with small civil cases.

In a Statutory Instrument 34 of 2016 gazetted yesterday in Harare, the small claims courts will be found at Harare Magistrates’ Courts while in Manicaland it would be in Mutare. The court will also be available in Mashonaland Central (Bindura Magistrates’ Court)), Mashonaland East (Marondera) and Mashonaland West (Chinhoyi).

In Matabeleland North the court will be in Bulawayo, Matabeleland South (Gwanda), Midlands (Gweru) and in Masvingo.

Jurisdiction has also been raised to $1 000 from the previous $250. A small claims court deals with claims for small sums of money which can be heard and decided quickly and cheaply.

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  • jurist

    bear in mind the aim is to ensure those who are owed small sums of money get access to justice quickly. its not meant to sidestep formal court process and the necessity of a full trial where substantial amounts of money are at stake. US$2 500 is a lot of money in this economy