Justice Minister Given Lubinda says government is addressing the structural and administrative challenges that the Justice system is facing.
Mr. Lubinda says he is aware that the Judiciary is struggling with the high number of cases leading to a considerable backlog of cases especially in subordinate courts.
He observes that a lot of accused persons do not have access to legal services or representation which leaves them vulnerable to those with knowledge of the law.
Mr. Lubinda says it against this background that Government wants to establish Legal Aid offices in every District to counter such challenges.
The Justice Minister was speaking this morning when he officially launched the Legal Services Unit at Mazabuka Magistrates court.
Mr. Lubinda said under President Edgar Lungu, Government signed an MoU with the European Union and the German Government to support efforts to improve Justice delivery in the country.
He said this was done because Government believes strongly that the functioning of an efficient, fair and accessible justice system as well as the protection of human rights are the foundation of every democratic state.
And Southern Province Judge-in-Charge Chilombo Phiri appealed for the services of Legal Aid to be extended to other Districts in the province.
German Ambassador to Zambia Anne Wagner-Mitchell said her government will continue to render financial support to the Government through the Ministry of Justice.