The legal system in Zambia has improved and sometimes said to be dynamic. It is important for student lawyers to have adequate knowledge of the court system in Zambia. This module therefore is to enlighten learners and give them a better understanding on the flow of civil disputes that can be commenced before the courts in Zambia. It explains the Court system and jurisdictions enjoyed by the Adjudicators and courts. The module shows and guides on the manner, and what should be filed for the courts to hear a dispute all the way to Judgment. A further analysis of expectations by litigants after judgments in terms of orders is analysed for learners to know the differences.
The module equally looks at the topical issue in the Zambian Court system which learners have to know about, that is, the power of Contempt by adjudicators. Learners have the opportunity to stay abreast with different types of contempt, and how the same are invoked by adjudicators.
The objectives of this module are:
At the end of this module you will be able to:
UNIT 1 – CIVIL COURTS IN ZAMBIA
UNIT 2 – JURISDICTION IN CIVIL CLAIMS
UNIT 3 – COMMENCEMENT OF ACTIONS
UNIT 4 – THE RETURN DAY
UNIT 5 – SERVICE, PROOF OF SERVICE AND AFTER SERVICE
UNIT 6 – FAILURE TO SERVE DUE TO VIOLENT ALTERCATIONS
UNIT 7 – ADMISSIONS
UNIT 8 – DEFENCE OF TENDER AND PAYMENT INTO COURT
UNIT 9 – HEARING/ TRIAL
UNIT 10 – PRODUCTION OF DOCUMENTS
UNIT 11 – CIVIL REMEDIES
UNIT 12 – ELECTION PETITIONS, JURISDICTON OF COURTS AND RELIEFS.
UNIT 13 – EVIDENCE IN CIVIL PROCEDURE
UNIT 14 – CONTEMPT OF COURT
Matibini Patrick (2017) Civil Procedure; Commentary and Cases Vol 1& 2 LexisNexis
White Book (1965) 1999 Edition
Swarbrick Eric. J (1993) Magistrate Handbook. 6th Edition. Republic of Zambia.
ACTS OF PARLIAMENT
High Court Act Chapter 27 of the Laws of Zambia
Subordinate Court Act 28 of the Laws of Zambia
Constitution of Zambia Act No. 2 of 2016 of the Laws of Zambia.
Electoral Process Act No. 35 of 2016 of the Laws of Zambia
Judiciary Administration Act No. 23 of the Laws of Zambia