The tribunal appointed by President Michael Sata to investigate the professional conduct of three judges has begun its sittings in Lusaka.
The tribunal led by Malawian Judge Lovemore Chikopa commenced its siting this morning after the state led by Attorney General Mumba Malila indicated that the state was ready to proceed.
Mr. Malila told the tribunal that the state was ready to start sitting and submitted documents to that effect.
And Judge Chikopa objected to an application by the defence team that the tribunal be disbanded following the retirement of Judge Philip Musonda.
He said it was not the mandate of the tribunal to cancel its own sittings but that it can merely recommend to the appointing authority.
This was after the defence team led by Sakwiba Sikota objected and asked that his team be given more time to study the documents submitted by the state and further get instructions from his client Judge Musonda.
The state did not object to the request and Judge Chikopa adjourned the proceedings to July 15 2013 at 09 Hours.
High Court Registrar Chilombo Phiri has been enlisted as the first witness.