MASERU — Members of the Law Society of Lesotho will meet on Monday to consider a proposal to call for the resignation of Chief Justice Mahapela Lehohla and Court of Appeal President Justice Michael Ramodibedi.
The urgent meeting comes in the wake of the abrupt cancellation of the January session of the Court of Appeal which was scheduled to start on Monday.
This was after the Chief Justice refused to release some High Court judges to hear cases in the apex court.
Justice Ramodibedi had requested High Court judges to hear cases in the session that was supposed to start on January 21 because his Court of Appeal judges are currently on holiday.
All five Court of Appeal judges, who are South Africans, had said they would not be available for the session.
Meanwhile the Law Society of Lesotho has asked Prime Minister Tom Thabane to advise the King to set
up a commission of inquiry into what it called a “constitutional crisis” in the judiciary.
The letter written yesterday said the commission should consist of people who are “adequately” trained in the field of law and administration.
“A judge or two are the required constituents of the said commission,” the society said.
It said the commission’s report must be tabled in parliament because governments tend to overlooks recommendations which “do not blend with their political views and their policy”.
The situation has been left hanging for “an ordinate period of time and these measures must be undertaken in earnest.”
The society said the cancellation of the Court of Appeal session is merely a symptom of the many problems that have been affecting the judiciary for years.