High courts in Isles, Mainland strengthen relations

THE Chief Court Administrator- High Court of Tanzania, Prof Elisante Ole Gabriel, has promised continued cooperation with the High Court of Zanzibar with the aim of ensuring all citizens can access justice without obstruction.

“All courts, whether in Zanzibar or the Mainland have similar duty, to ensure justice to all,” Prof Gabriel said in Pemba, where he recently visited the Court of Chake-Chake to share experience with judges in the clove islands.

He said the purpose of the visit to Pemba was to identify various areas that the High Court of Tanzania can cooperate with the High Court of Zanzibar, including the executive role to improve efficiency in the delivery of justice.

Prof Gabriel mentioned some of the areas the court in mainland can cooperate with Zanzibar as exchange of practitioners to gain experience, training, and how to cut backlog of cases.

“Other areas of cooperation should be improved through the use of Information Technology (ICT), improved court infrastructure, and buildings,” he said.

“Access to justice has no boundaries, so we have to work together to make this a reality,” he emphasized.

The CCA said in their visit they have learned how relevant is the Kadhi’s Court in accelerating justice Zanzibar and how it has been helping to address family conflicts mainly divorce and disputes over marriage and children.

On his part, the Chief Executive of the Zanzibar High Court Kai Mbarouk said, the visit is a continuation of the cooperation they have between Judiciary in Zanzibar and mainland.

“The two High Courts have been established to serve all people equally. There are no limits in access to justice in Tanzania,” he said.

The visit started on the island of Unguja and ended in Pemba at the courts, in the town of Chake Chake, where the CCA promised to continue building good relations aimed at serving people in Tanzania equally.

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