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Minister of Justice Titus Mvalo says the Courts Act Amendment Bill which seeks to create a special Financial Crimes Court will be tabled during the current meeting of Parliament.

Mvalo disclosed this during the on-going National Anti- Corruption Conference in Blantyre.

He said the Financial Crimes Court will increase the speed with which financial crimes cases are handled.

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“Creation of this court will improve speed of handling these cases and it will also help to achieve some sort of specialisation of the judges as they will only be handling financial crimes cases,” the minister said.

On the government’s resolve to deal with corruption, Mvalo said President Lazarus Chakwera’s administration has increased the Anti-Corruption Bureau’s annual funding since the Tonse Alliance came to power and has enabled the bureau to improve its staffing levels.

Justice of Appeal Dorothy NyaKaunda Kamanga, who was one of the panellists at a panel discussion at the conference, said the creation of the Financial Crimes Court in the High Court must be accompanied with the provision of adequate resources.

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“We have already heard at this conference that we have so many anti-corruption laws and that what is lacking is implementation. In the same vein, the creation of the Financial Crimes Court must be complemented with making available necessary resources, otherwise nothing will change,” Kamanga said.

Cases at the High Court take time to be completed and the development which is largely blamed on the inadequate number of judges.

While commending Chakwera for appointing four judges to the Supreme Court of Appeal, Malawi Law Society president Patrick Mpaka urged the President to increase the number of judges at the High Court, saying the court already had a shortage of seven before the elevation of the four.

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