7 January 2013

Tanzania: Uphold Ethics, Othman Urges Judiciary

CHIEF Justice Chande Mohammed Othman has called upon judges and lawyers to uphold ethics to ensure fair judgments.

Justice Othman issued the appeal in Dar es Salaam while Opening the Sixth Biennial General Meeting and Launching of the First Journal and Case Law Manual of the Tanzania Women Judges Association (TAWJA).

He said judges and lawyers ought to abide by judicial integrity for the citizens and the community at large to have confidence on courts' judgments."Adhering to ethics by judicial officers will help the community develop confidence and consider our courts as the only place they can acquire their rights," he said.

He told the female judges at the meeting that their work was being examined by level of integrity, calling them to ensure their judgments are centered on judicial integrity in which the citizens have confidence.Justice Othman appealed to judicial officers to write more books on Case Laws to help the community understand more issues concerning the law.

According to the CJ, the country is facing an acute shortage of law books saying immediate plans are needed to address the challenge.On the other hand, the Chairperson of TAWJA, Engera Kileo said the Journal and the Case Law Manual will address topical issues centering on access to justice.

"The production of the Journal and the Case Law Manual was a long time dream of TAWJA," she said, adding that the realization of the two works were made possible by United Nations women.

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