7 December 2018

Namibia: Appointments of Acting Judges Renewed

FIVE acting judges of Namibia's two top courts have been reappointed to their posts, in which they are due to continue serving as members of the judiciary during 2019, the Judicial Service Commission has announced.

The president has appointed acting judges of appeal Theo Frank, Fred Chomba and Yvonne Mokgoro to serve as judges of the Supreme Court to the end of 2019, while High Court deputy judge president Hosea Angula has also been added to the pool of acting Supreme Court judges who could be asked to hear appeals in that court during 2019, according to an announcement made by the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) on Wednesday.

In the High Court, acting judges Collins Parker and Petrus Unengu will also remain on the bench in 2019, with Parker having been reappointed as an acting judge until December next year, and Unengu reappointed from 16 January to the end of June next year.

The JSC further announced that a senior magistrate, Claudia Claasen, has been appointed as an acting judge of the High Court from the start of December to the end of June 2019.

Claasen, who holds a position as deputy chief magistrate in the Office of the Judiciary, has been a magistrate for the past 14 years. A graduate of the University of Namibia and the University of South Africa, she also worked as a public prosecutor in 2003 and 2004, according to the statement in which the president's latest judicial appointments were announced.

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