The Administrative Court was established in 1979 in terms of the Administrative Court Act [Chapter 7:01]. It is a specialist court that deals only with those issues assigned to it by its establishing Act or by various other pieces of legislation. In short it is a creature of statute and does not possess inherent or common law jurisdiction. Furthermore this court is not endowed with the power to enforce its own judgements and has to rely on other courts for enforcement.
It consists of a Senior President and such other Presidents of the Administrative Court as from time to time may be appointed. The coming into effect of the Judicial Service Act has also brought this court under the ambit of the Judicial Service Commission. The Senior President assumes the overall administrative stewardship of this court.
The Administrative Court is currently located at Harare only.
In the determination of matters, a President can either sit alone or may sit with assessors. Assessors are appointed on the basis of their wide experience or expertise in the field for which they are appointed. The assessors only involve themselves on questions of fact.
The Administrative Court deals with civil cases of an administrative nature. It has both first instance and appellate jurisdiction, depending on the legislation assigning it the jurisdiction. Appeals to the court are dealt with in terms of the Administrative Court [Miscellaneous Appeals] Rules, 1980, SI 122/1980. Some examples of matters falling within the purview of the court’s appellate powers include, administrative decisions made by local authorities; administrative decisions arrived at by statutory regulatory bodies, such as, the State Procurement Board, the Rent Board, the Liquor Licensing Board and the Medicines Control Authority.
Appeals against decisions of this court lie directly to the Supreme Court.
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