Chief Justice Peter Shivute, responding to allegations of the magistrate’s court at Outapi preventing access to the court gallery for news coverage, said the judiciary has no policy barring members of the media from attending and covering court proceedings. “You are most welcome to cover court proceedings to disseminate information to the public,” Shivute said, adding that restrictions, which are now lifted to a certain extent, were put in place at the start of the COVID-19 outbreak. Minister of Justice Yvonne Dausab, who accompanied Shivute, meanwhile reiterated that access to justice is key to the rule of law.