Current Progress on ZimLII's Digitizing Project

ZimLII has started a project to preserve caselaw in digital formats by scanning hard copy judgments held in Law Libraries. Judgments from the Supreme Court for the years 1983 - 1986 have been converted, and are available for preview access as zipped archives. The Judgments will be uploaded under the respective Judgment categories shortly.

Constitutional Court judgment on Defamation

Section 31 (a) (iii) of the Criminal Law (Codification and  Reform Act), which criminalised defamation has been removed from the Statutes by the Constitutional Court. Defamation is no longer a criminal offence.

The section was dismissed as unjustifiable in a democratic society in a judgment delivered by the Deputy Chief Justice Luke Malaba. The court ruled that the law was in breach of freedom of expression as enshrined in the Constitution of Zimbabwe.


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