Justice Lovemore P. Chikopa Appointed Deputy Chief Justice

His Lordship Justice Lovemore Paul Chikopa, SC

Justice of Appeal Lovemore Chikopa, SC has been appointed Deputy Chief Justice of the Republic of Malawi by the His Excellency the State President Dr. Lazarus Chakwera. The appointment is with effect from 16th April, 2024.

Justice Chikopa holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree from the University of Malawi which he obtained in 1987 and a Master of Business Administration degree obtained in 2021 from the University of Zambia.

Justice Chikopa joined the Judiciary in 1998 as Principal Resident Magistrate and later rose to the rank of Chief Resident Magistrate. He was appointed Judge of the High Court in 2000 and Justice of Appeal in 2012.

Before joining the Judiciary, he worked as State Advocate in the Ministry of Justice and later worked for Small Enterprise Development of Malawi (SEDOM) before joining the office of the Ombudsman as Principal Investigations Officer.

Justice Chikopa is the Judge President of the Supreme Court of Appeal and is also the Chairperson of the Performance Appraisal and Communication Committees within the Judiciary.

He becomes the first Deputy Chief Justice of the Malawi Judiciary since the Constitution was amended to provide for the office of the Deputy Chief Justice. His appointment is in accordance with section 111 (2) of the Constitution of Malawi.

The Malawi Judiciary wishes Justice Chikopa all the best in his new role.

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