Hon. Mrs. Justice Emelia Phiri Sunkutu is the Judge-in-Charge of the Ndola High Court. She was appointed to the High Court on 4th March, 2010. Justice Sunkutu holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Zambia and a Master of Laws degree from the University of Lancaster in the United Kingdom. She was admitted to the Bar in 1994.
Prior to her current appointment, Justice Sunkutu was Manager, Legal Services at the Environmental Council of Zambia (ECZ). Justice Sunkutu also served as Legal Consultant providing consultancy services in Environmental and Natural Resource Management Law, and Environmental Impact Assessment from 2001 to 2004. She served as a Consultant and Legal Researcher on the Environmental Support Program (ESP), Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, (MENR) from 2000 to 2001 prior to which she worked as Senior State Advocate in the Ministry of Legal Affairs from 1998 to 2000. From 1994 to 1996, Justice Sunkutu served as State Advocate in the Ministry of Legal Affairs.
Justice Sunkutu is a member of the Zambia Association of Women Judges.