Dodoma — THE Ministry of Constitution and Legal Affairs is expecting to employ 300 new magistrates and 800 other legal staff in the next fiscal year in a move aimed at addressing the shortage of staff in the legal fraternity.
The Ministry's Deputy Minister, Ms Angellah Kairuki told the National Assembly that the government would also ensure that all Wards in the country have primary courts and district courts are built in all districts including the newly established.
"We have requested for the permit to employ 300 magistrates and 800 other staff in a move aimed at reducing the shortage of workers in the ministry and its agencies," she said.
Ms Kairuki was responding to the question by Josephat Kandege (Kalambo-CCM) who wanted to know government plans in putting up a building with a status of a district court in Kalambo District.
He also wanted to know the government plans in constructing and repairing primary court buildings in Kasanga, Mwimbi, Mwanzye and Matai villages to ensure that timely justice is offered.
Mr Kandege also wanted to know over whether the government would consider constructing more primary courts in villages which are in remote areas.
He also wanted to know whether the courts are built in accordance to the area covered by a particular district or whether there was a specific ratio of courts and the number of people it should serve.
"The government has a plan of constructing court building that has a status of district court in all the newly established districts.
In the financial year 2014/15 we will construct a court building at Kalambo District in a move aimed at taking service closer to people," said Ms Kairuki.
She added that the ministry through judiciary will ensure that various primary court buildings are repaired in the next fiscal year to improve judicial services and ensure timely justice.
"The government has a plan of constructing court buildings in all newly established Divisions. Thus in the 2014/15 budget the government will construct a court building at Nambwenkose Division in Kalambo District," she said.