Concern over magistrates suspended on full pay

2010-11-11 07:40

Parliament’s justice committee was concerned at the amount of time magistrates, charged with misconduct, spent being on suspension while receiving full pay, Business Day reported today.

Some magistrates had been suspended on full pay for between a year and four years and their cases were still not resolved, magistrates’ commission official Hans Meijer told MPs.

When asked why it took so long Meijer said misconduct charges against a magistrate arose from criminal charges such as theft and fraud and the commission waited for the criminal procedures to be concluded.

There were 19 cases of magistrates being investigated for misconduct which was less than 1% of all magistrates, he said.

The committee had a meeting yesterday to discuss suspensions and provisional suspensions of magistrates.

It was the first time the deliberations on the future of judicial officers took place in open session as meetings were usually closed because many of the charges preferred against the judicial officers were untested, the report said.

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