In re Muskwe 1992 (1) ZLR 44 (H)

Adam J:

Whether the right to a fair hearing as guaranteed by 18(2) of the constitution was breached when a contempt of court offender was dealt with summarily. There is great danger in using the summary procedure provided by 79(1) of the Magistrates Court Act, as the magistrate is witness, prosecutor and judge, and it is wiser for the magistrate not to deal with the case himself.

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