Namibian courts remain open

Namibian courts remain open
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The Office of the Judiciary today reiterated that services at courts countrywide will continue uninterrupted.
With reference to a media advisory issued yesterday, 16 March 2020, the temporary closure of courts only applied until 14h00 for the Magistrates’ Courts and 15h00 in respect of the High Court, for yesterday only.
This was to ensure all necessary measures were put in place to minimise the impact of exposure
to the COVID‐19 virus to all court staff and visitors.
The office of the Judiciary, in a media statement said, "all courts remain open for services."
It further stated that all accused persons who are due to appear before court must ensure their presence at court on the date specified during their last appearance.
"Failure to appear may result in a warrant of arrest being issued and that their bail may be cancelled and forfeited to the State.
"All other services (including maintenance court enquiries, solemnising of marriages, filing of
applications for protection orders, payment of bail and receiving of payments) at the Magistrates' Courts will continue uninterrupted," read the statement.
Additionally, all services in the High and Supreme Courts will also continue uninterrupted, except for mediations and taxations that were tentatively postponed until 27 March.
The statement was sent by Ockert Jansen, Deputy Director for Public Relations in the Office of the Judiciary.