The Judiciary has threatened to institute contempt of court proceedings against persons issuing unwarranted attacks on the Supreme Court bench in order to preserve the integrity and dignity of the Courts of Law and its officers.
In a statement, Acting Registrar and Director of court Operations Maka Phiri the Judiciary has noted with deep concern the incessant attacks on the Supreme Court of Zambia following the outcome of Election Petitions arising out of the 2011 Presidential, Parliamentary and Local Government Elections.
Ms Phiri said that the growing trend of personal assault on individual Judges who were not in a position to defend themselves, as opposed to attacking the substance and content of the Judgments in question.
Ms Phiri said it was unfair for anyone to single out the acting Chief Justice as being solely responsible for the outcome of any judgment of the Supreme Court.
“The Judiciary shall insist on and accept only those criticisms being based on the substance of the judgments and not on personalities,” she said.
She said that each judgment of the Supreme Court represents collective wisdom of every Judge of the Supreme Court and that ultimately the decision of the three, five or seven or nine Judges represents the decision of the entire Supreme Court.