Freedom House Releases Report on Malawi Judiciary

Washington

In a research report released today, "Politics of Judicial Independence in Malawi " Freedom House examines judicial independence in Malawi, including the scope of judicial power, differentiation and separation of powers, internal institutional safeguards, transparency, and external institutional support. Freedom House presented the report to a group of government, judicial, and civil society officials, including Chief Justice of the Malawi Supreme Court Anastasia Msosa.

"This analysis comes at a crucial time for the Malawi judiciary," said Vukasin Petrovic, director for Africa programs at Freedom House. "Given the country's recent elections and the peaceful transition of power that followed, Freedom House urges the new members of government to work closely with members the judiciary to strengthen judicial independence for the betterment of Malawian democracy."

The reports' recommendations for Malawi's judiciary include overhauling the Judicial Services Commission for improving judicial appointments, changing the budget allocation process to guarantee the judiciary's ability to perform its duties, and furthering its adoption of an electronic case management system for the delivery of prompt justice to Malawi's citizens.
 


Malawi is rated Partly Free in Freedom in the World 2014 and Partly Free in Freedom of the Press 2014.

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