New Industrial Court Rules Launched - UNDP Acknowledged for SupportMar 21, 2017
The recently revised Industrial Court Rules were launched by the Honorable Judge President Tebogo Maruping at the Industrial Court premises in the Central Business District. The rules mark a milestone for Botswana as they have been aligned with international obligations and best practice and compliment the new Vision 2036’s pillar for Governance, Peace and Security. Significantly, the rules are inclusive and customer focused as a braille version has been developed, mainstreaming disability, and ensuring justice for all.
Speaking at the event Honorable Judge President stated that the old court rules in place since 2013 grappled to meet with the growing needs of the country and in resolving labour disputes in a timely manner. “We had a few judges working against a dramatic increase in the number of cases that needed to be resolved. In 2011 there was a backlog of 6780 cases caused by having to enter data manually and the poor handling of cases. From Maun alone we discovered 415 unattended files which was a shock for us,” Stated Honorable Tebogo Maruping.
Through the support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the court embarked on a project to eliminate the excessive backlog of cases, including introducing a new reform to allow for alternative dispute resolution so that where appropriate, cases could be settled out of court. The court went on several benchmarking missions in ensuring that the new rules were in accordance with international best practice.
The benefits expected from the new court rules are tremendous are will allow Botswana to be be more competitive in the global arena as the new rules align with international standards, allowing Botswana to compete and attract direct foreign investment.
Other measures and benefits introduced by the new court rules include: a)simplified English in ensuring that laws are customer friendly and understood by the majority and b) time lines that indicate the length of time it takes to address cases.