Indeed magistrates are bullies

The chairperson of the Law Society of Botswana, Lawrence Lecha, in his address atthe opening of the legal year on Tuesday said the society was concerned at the rising incidents of junior magistrates threatening lawyers, litigants and members of the public.

He expressed concern that magistrates have a tendency of issuing arrest warrants willy nilly against witnesses, accused persons, and even defence lawyers. 

We have also noted as Lecha pointed out, that magistrates often make a late appearence when  presiding over cases.  Court proceedings are normally delayed by an hour or even more, with the litigants, attorneys and the public left in the dark about what is going on.

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