Commercial Court resumes operations after fumigation

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By Itumeleng Koleile

The Commercial Division of the High Court of Lesotho has today resumed its operations after being forced to temporarily close to undergo fumigation and reduce the chance of COVID-19 infection.

The fumigation of the court’s facilities followed a report that one of the court’s officers had tested positive for COVID-19. The court closed temporarily on July 19.

The Court has since resumed its operation today.

Registrar of the High Court ‘Mathato Sekaoi said the commercial court has resumed its services, however; workers who were since told to self-quarantine are still isolated.

Sekoai said the Commercial Court is only partially open, with scaled-down services as contact tracing is still going on.

She said since not all court officers will be available to report for duty, a selected number of staffers will be available to carry out duties.

Sekoai said although the High Court is on winter recess, the registry is in full operation.

“Due to the passing of judge in the commercial court, her ladyship Justice Lisebo Chaka-Makhooane, we are short on staff.

“However, all operations of the commercial court will still be offered. On a normal basis, which is without the COVID-19 pandemic, the recess of the High Court starts from June 15 to the first week of September, however skeleton staff is always available for duty,” Sekoai said.

She added that from Monday all cases in the Commercial Court will be attended to by the judges of the High Court, especially in an instance whereby there are no specified judges to deal with such cases.

Moreover, the Assistant Registrar of the High Court, Stafford Sharite told KDNews they had been instructed to only deal with urgent cases only.

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