Strengthening access to justice in Zambia

March 2, 2011 at 8:57 pm Leave a comment

Zambian judges, registrars and deputy registrars took part in a training on how to assess case damages and the role of the court to tax or assess the costs of lawyers. The workshop was organized from 15 to 18 February in Chisamba, Zambia by the Commonwealth Secretariat. British and Zambian practices in the assessment of damages and legal costs have been explored during the training.

Mr. Mark Guthrie, a Legal Adviser in the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Division of the Secretariat, explains the importance of the topic for the access to justice in Zambia:

“One of the principles of the rule of law is that justice should be accessible.  One of the ways to achieve this is by making sure judges properly assess damages filed by people in civil courts. Secondly, the rule of law requires there be access to means of resolving civil disputes without there being inordinate costs or delay – the taxation of costs contributes towards that.”

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Entry filed under: Access to Justice, Costs of justice, Rule of Law, Tort Compensation, Zambia.

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