Hon. Mr. Justice Michael Musonda, S.C, is the Deputy Chief Justice of the Republic of Zambia. He was appointed Deputy Chief Justice on 11th July, 2019. He has been Acting Chief Justice of Zambia since 20th June, 2021 following the untimely demise of Hon. Justice Ireen C. Mambilima. Justice Musonda holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Zambia and is a former Rhodes Scholar. Mr. Justice Musonda is a holder of a Master of Laws degree in Commercial and Corporate Law and a Master of Philosophy degree in Management Studies from King’s College, University of London and Oxford University respectively. He was admitted to the bar in 1987.
Prior to taking up his current appointment, Justice Musonda was a Judge of the Supreme Court having been appointed to this position in 2015. Justice Musonda was managing partner at M. Musonda & Co. a firm of general Legal Practitioners from 1993 to 2015. He once served as a lecturer in the School of Law at the University of Zambia
from 1992 to 1996 and as Honorary Lecturer and Examiner at the Zambia Institute of Advanced Legal Education (ZIALE) for over 15 years until August 2017. While at the Bar, Justice Musonda served as President of the Law Association of Zambia for two terms from 2002 to 2004.
He was conferred with the rank and status of State Counsel on 4th August, 2015.
Justice Musonda previously served as Chairperson of the Lands Tribunal, from 2006 to 2008, and he also Chaired the Road Service Appeals Tribunal. Justice Musonda served as Board Chairperson of the Times Printpak Zambia Limited from 2012 to 2015.
Justice Musonda is a Court-Annexed Mediator and a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.