SI 2012-107 Judicial Code of Ethics

Whereas it is recognized that the Constitution has vested the Judicial Authority of Zimbabwe in the Judiciary and has further entrenched the universally accepted norm of Independence of the Judiciary;

And Whereas it is recognized by the Zimbabwean judiciary that a competent, independent and impartial judiciary is an indispensable and essential ingredient for good governance and the maintenance of the rule of law in any modern democratic society.

And Whereas it is recognized that public confidence in the judicial system and in the moral authority and integrity of the judiciary is of utmost importance in a democratic society.

And Whereas it is essential that judicial officers, individually and collectively, respect and honour the judicial office as a public trust and strive to enhance and maintain confidence in the judicial system;

And Whereas it is recognized that it is primarily the responsibility of the judiciary of Zimbabwe to promote and maintain high standards of judicial conduct;

And Whereas the Constitution provides for the impeachment of a judicial officer, it is recognized that no formal complaints mechanism is provided to deal with complaints about judicial officers falling short of impeachable conduct;

And Whereas the judicial officers of the Republic of Zimbabwe adopt, individually and collectively, this Code of Ethics to be the beacon of judicial conduct, now and in the future;

Now Therefore IT is hereby notified that the Minister of Justice and Legal Affairs, in terms of sections 18 and 25 of the Judicial Service Act [Chapter 7:18] (No. 10 of 2006), has approved the following regulations made by the Judicial Service Commission:-

These regulations may be cited as the Judicial Service (Code of Ethics) Regulations, 2012 (hereinafter referred to as “this Code”).

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