Integrity of judiciary very important-JIG

The independence and integrity of the judiciary are of paramount importance for sustenance of the rule of law.

Judicial Integrity Group (JIG) chairperson Judge Christopher Gregory Weeremantry says there is need to ensure that the institution is protected at all cost.

This is according to a press statement released to ZANIS in Lusaka today by Judiciary of Zambia Public Relations Officer Terry Musonda.

He said the judiciary is a primary source of strength and authority of its judgments and decisions.

Mr. Musonda said this is important because it helps to build a world of peace and fair justice to all.

He said the lose of public confidence in the judicial system in most countries is a result of the public’s perception of corruption and other forms of misconduct by this important institution.

Mr Musonda, however, said to address some of these misconceptions by the public the JIG has been working relentlessly in providing guidance and designing standards to help countries enhance the integrity, accountability and transparency of their judiciaries while upholding and strengthening judicial independence and impartiality.

Mr. Musonda said the group has been instrumental in responding to the increasing lose of public confidence in the judicial systems in most parts of Africa, Asia, Eastern and Central Europe among other continents.

He said JIG works to promote the effective implementation of the United Nations Convention against corruption and that it identifies the integrity of judges and prosecutors as key partners in upholding the rule of law and fighting corruption.

Mr Musonda disclosed that during the just ended JIG meeting, the Chief Justices and Senior Judges discussed among other issues, the international standards and good practices that would help to enhance integrity in the judicial system.

He said the meeting which was organized with the support of the German Agency for Technical Cooperation (GTZ) and the United Nations was aimed at bringing to the forefront the importance of judiciaries and to develop domestic standards of conduct by the judicial personnel.

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