STEVEN MVULA, Lusaka
THE judiciary has advised United Party for National Development (UPND) supporters to stay away from the court premises due to limited space
as the treason case for their leader Hakainde Hichilema comes up on Monday.
Judiciary public relations officer Veronica Chisambisha said in a statement yesterday that due to limited space in the Supreme Court, which will be used for the opening session and also on account of the need to ensure security on the court premises, the judiciary will accredit all persons who will have access to the public gallery in the courtroom.
“No party cadres from any political party will be allowed on to the judiciary premises or in the vicinity of the judiciary. Organisations and political parties are free to approach the office of the chief registrar to obtain accreditation for their members. The office of chief registrar will also facilitate accreditation for counsel, journalists and observers,” Mrs Chisambisha said.
She said as per circular of August last year, no party regalia will be allowed on the court premises.
“Further note that cellphones, tablets, ipads, cameras or such similar devices will not be allowed in the Supreme Court room number one. This measure applies to journalists and legal counsels. Any breach of the said measure may result in accreditation being cancelled and the person in breach being ejected from the court premises,” Mrs Chisambisha said.
Mrs Chisambisha said on Monday, August 14, only persons with court business, and those accredited, should come to the court.
She also said the opening of the criminal session in August will only involve goal delivery, taking of plea and setting of trial dates.
“Trial in all listed cases will start on such dates as will be set by the judges during the opening of the session,” Mrs Chisambisha said.
A total of 30 cases will be presided over by two judges.