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Judicial Service Act, 2006 (Act 10, 2006)
January 19, 2007
Published in the Government Gazette: January 19, 2007.

Commencement: still to be fixed by statutory instrument in terms of section 1(2) - as at January 21, 2007

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Judicial Service Act, 2006

Arrangement of Sections


1. Short title and date of commencement.
2. Interpretation.

Judicial Service Commission

3. Constitution of Judicial Service.
4. Establishment of Committees.
5. Functions of Judicial Service Commission.
6. Delegation of functions.

Administration of Judicial Service

7. Departments and classification of members of the Judicial Service.
8. Persons under contract.
9. Probationary period.
10. Appointment and functions of Secretary of Commission.
11. Consultations re conditions of service of members of Judicial Service.
12. Secondment and deployment of members of Judicial Service.
13. Recognised associations and organisations.
14. Prohibition from engaging in any work outside Judicial Service.

Discipline of Members of the Judicial Service

15. Investigation and adjudication of misconduct cases.
16. Freedom of persons presiding over courts from arrest or search in court premises.
17. Codes of conduct.
18. Codes of ethics.
19. Appeals to Labour Court.

Financial Provisions

20. Funds of Judicial Service.
21. Investment of moneys not immediately required by Judicial Service.
22. Accounts of Judicial Service.
23. Audit of accounts.


24. Pension rights of members of Judicial Service.
25. Service regulations.
26. Act not to affect application of certain other laws.
27. Amendment of Acts.
28. Transitional provisions.

SCHEDULE: Amendment of Acts.


To make further provisions for the Judicial Service Commission; to constitute the Judicial Service; to establish the Judicial Service Committees and to provide for their functions; to provide for the administration and the conditions of service of members of the Judicial Service employed in the Supreme Court and the High Court and other courts subordinate to the Supreme Court and the High Court, and the Office of the Ombudsman; to provide for the transfer of persons from the Public Service to the Judicial Service; to make consequential amendments to various Acts; and to provide for matters connected with or incidental to the foregoing.

WHEREAS section 91(1) and (2) of the Constitution provide as follows-

91.(1) The functions of the Judicial Service Commission shall be to tender such advice and do such things in relation to the judiciary as are provided for by this Constitution or by or under an Act of Parliament.

(2) An Act of Parliament referred to in subsection (1) may confer on the Judicial Service Commission functions in connection with the employment, discipline and conditions of service of such officers and persons employed in—

(a) the Supreme Court, the High Court and other courts subordinate to the Supreme Court and the High Court; and

(b) the office of the Ombudsman;

as are specified in such Act.

AND WHEREAS it is desirable to make further provisions for the Judicial Service and for persons employed in connection with the administration of justice in Zimbabwe:

NOW, THEREFORE, be it enacted by the President and the Parliament of Zimbabwe as follows:-

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