Small claims court opens in Howick

2014-06-10 00:00

A SMALL claims court was officially opened in Howick on Friday. It is the third small claims court to be opened in a KZN town this month. The others are in Bergville and Polela. All three are based in the local magistrate’s court in their area.

Deputy Minister for Justice and Correctional Services John Jeffery explained to The Witness why small claims courts are considered a success story in the drive to make justice more accessible. Jeffery said these courts were a speedy, simple and cost-effective way to resolve disputes.

“Any person can come to the small claims court. It is free of charge. All one has to pay are the sheriff’s fees and one does not need a lawyer. These courts are used to settle minor civil disputes and claims between parties without representation by an attorney,” he said.

The highest amount for which an individual dispute can be settled is up to R15 000. According to Jeffery, claims in these courts are normally disputes over money lent to someone else, movable or immovable property, occupants in a property, mortgage bonds, promissory notes or credit agreements.

The deputy minister added that the commissioners who preside in these courts are drawn from a pool of experienced legal professionals and academics, who work on a pro bono basis.

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