LINDA NYONDO, Lusaka
MINISTER of Gender Victoria Kalima says the introduction of fast track courts in Zambia has helped to speed up the disposal of gender-based violence (GBV) cases in the country.
Speaking in Lusaka on Friday when she made a spot-check at the fast track court housed at the Magistrates, Ms Kalima said that most of the cases at the fast track court are disposed of within 30 days.
“Vulnerable people will no longer have to spend a lot of money and time going to court to have their cases heard. More people who are aggrieved will be encouraged to report their grievances because they know that justice will prevail,’’ she said.
According to records at the fast track court in Lusaka, 397 cases have been reported from the time the fast track court was established in 2016.
The records further indicate that 174 cases were disposed of within a short period of time.
Ms Kalima said she decided to visit the fast track court in Lusaka to understand how the fast track court operates, find out the challenges faced and get recommendations on how the courts could be improved.
She said Government decided to introduce the fast track courts in Lusaka and Kabwe to help dispose of GBV cases.
Ms Kalima said more fast track courts will be introduced in other parts of the country to speed up the process of disposing of GBV cases.
She said the fast track courts were established in Zambia upon Government’s realisation that GBV cases were on the increase.