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In the words of former Chief Justice of South Africa Ismail Mohamed:

it is in the Magistrates’ Courts that justice is tested in its most crucial, most pervasive, most voluminous, most pressurized, and logistically most demanding dimensions – in literally thousands of cases every day…the continuous struggle for the legitimacy and the efficacy of the instruments of justice is substantially lost or won in the Magistrates Courts”.

‘Why Judicial officers must at all times be beyond reproach’ – The case of Mr Desmond Nair

‘Why Judicial officers must at all times be beyond reproach’ – The case of Mr Desmond Nair

In the last decade, there have been several allegations of corruption and capture of key organs of the state, from parastatal companies and government departments, including the highest offices in the land. The judiciary has not been left unscathed. So far very little proof has been handed up to substantiate claims against judicial officers and […]

[MEDIA STATEMENT] MAGISTRATES MATTER CALLS FOR PROTECTION OF MAGISTRATES IN THE LINE OF DUTY FOLLOWING SHOOTING INCIDENT IN CAPE TOWN

[MEDIA STATEMENT] MAGISTRATES MATTER CALLS FOR PROTECTION OF MAGISTRATES IN THE LINE OF DUTY FOLLOWING SHOOTING INCIDENT IN CAPE TOWN

Research already shows that magistrates feel unsafe in their working environment – the latest incident is a call for urgent action to protect them. Magistrates Matter is shocked and disturbed at media reports of an incident where a Cape Town magistrate was injured in a shooting incident. According to media reports, Magistrate A.C. Mashala was […]

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