President Lazarus Mccarthy Chakwera of Malawi has assented two court bills into law. The bills were passed into law during the last seating of Parliament.
The two bills which are now law are the Courts and Procedure and Evidence Code bills(amendments).
This is in line with Chakwera’s commitment to end corruption which has been an enemy to the country’s developmental agenda.
The Criminal Procedure and Evidence Code (Amendment) bill is set to increase the fines payable under sections 14 (3), 15 (1), 200, and 300 of the code.
The bill also seeks to amend the Criminal Procedure and Evidence Code (Cap 8:01) to bring it in line with the Courts Act, which has since streamlined the structure of subordinate courts by phasing out courts of the magistrate of the fourth grade, among other things.