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EFF wants compulsory military service

2014-12-16 13:47
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A year's compulsory military service for the youth and free legal services for the poor are among the proposals heard at the EFF's elective conference in Bloemfontein.

Judiciary undermined by lack of resources - Mogoeng

2014-11-27 08:43

The gap between the judiciary's workload, budget, and infrastructural needs is a key problem affecting this critical arm of the state, Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng's office says.

15 judges fail to disclose interests

2014-10-31 18:35

Fifteen judges who failed to declare their financial interests will be reported to the Judicial Conduct Committee.

750 000+ helped by Legal Aid SA

2014-10-16 14:35

Legal Aid SA helped more than three-quarters of a million people in the past year, the organisation says.

Will Pistorius get jail time? Experts divided

2014-10-10 14:53

Legal experts seem to be divided on whether athlete Oscar Pistorius will get jail time after he was found guilty of culpable homicide for Reeva Steenkamp’s death.

Retired judge faces probe into outstanding judgments

2014-10-07 08:08

A retired judge's application to prevent a probe into outstanding judgments - some which have been delayed for up to six years - has been dismissed by a full bench of the North Gauteng High Court.

Superior court functions transferred

2014-09-30 20:04

Justice Minister Michael Masutha says staff and administrative functions attached to the country's superior courts will be transferred to the office of the chief justice.

Minister to review Radebe decision - Solidarity

2014-09-23 18:30

Justice Minister Michael Masutha has told the Equality Court he would review his predecessor's decision not to appoint Martin Kroukamp as a senior magistrate, trade union Solidarity says.

O'Regan steps down as ASA president

2014-09-17 14:38

Former Constitutional Court Judge Kate O'Regan has stepped down as Advertising Standards Authority of SA president.

Law Society condemns criticism of Masipa

2014-09-17 11:02
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The Law Society of SA has expressed concern at the threats and personal attacks made against Judge Thokozile Masipa following her judgment in the Oscar Pistorius trial.

Dept: Govt not reviewing court decisions

2014-09-06 15:27

The justice department says government will not review decisions by the Constitutional Court and Supreme Court of Appeals because that would be unconstitutional.

DA: Jiba must be removed

2014-09-01 13:09

The DA’s Glynnis Breytenbach, a former NPA prosecutor, has urged Justice Minister Michael Masutha to make the necessary recommendations to remove deputy NPA head Nomgcobo Jiba from office.

Cracks in oversight should be a concern - Madonsela

2014-08-21 05:00

Cracks and weaknesses in public oversight should be of concern to Parliament, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's office says.

Judge questions Zuma rape verdict

2014-08-08 11:50
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Former Constitutional Court judge Zak Yacoob has questioned the rape ruling involving President Jacob Zuma in 2006, saying he would have found him guilty.

Motata still getting salary while probe is on

2014-07-14 08:33
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While an investigation into complaints against drink-and-drive High Court Judge Nkola Motata are on hold, he continues to stay at home and earn a monthly salary.

Mogoeng calls for more independent judiciary

2014-06-21 07:15

South Africa's judiciary should not have a politician in the form of a justice minister "hovering" over it, Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng says.

Zuma appoints new judges

2014-05-30 20:42

President Jacob Zuma has appointed new judges to various courts, including three new Supreme Court of Appeal judges and five Labour Appeal Court judges.

Mogoeng causes a stir

2014-05-29 17:05
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Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng has caused a stir by suggesting religion could be used to strengthen legislation and lead to a better society.

Justice dept unaware of interpreter issues

2014-03-04 12:03

The justice department was unaware of any concerns relating to the interpreter in Oscar Pistorius's murder trial in the North Gauteng High Court, spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga says.

No conclusive ruling on affair

2014-02-25 08:56

The North Gauteng High Court could not reach a conclusive judgment over a man's compensation for a claim that his wife had sex with the family doctor.

Pistorius trial judge under scrutiny

2014-02-18 14:45
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Attention has turned to Oscar Pistorius trial judge Thokozile Matilda Masipa, and particularly judgments in which she has handed down maximum sentences to men convicted of violence against women.

Zuma marks deadline for judges' disclosure

2014-01-22 20:00

President Jacob Zuma has given judges 60 days from 29 January to disclose their interests and those of their immediate families.

Debt judgment expected in ConCourt

2013-12-11 22:00

A couple should hear their fate on Thursday, when the Constitutional Court is expected to hand down judgment regarding the National Credit Act.

President can confer silk status - court

2013-11-28 13:48

The president has the power to confer honours on advocates, the Constitutional Court has found.

Lack of confidence worrying - Mogoeng

2013-11-13 18:22

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng says it is a cause for concern that the public has lost confidence in the judicial system.

 

Mogoeng calls for electronic court filing systems

2014-11-28 16:07

South Africa needs electronic court filing systems to prevent further disappearance of dockets and crucial information, Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng says.

Hlophe tribunal challlenge dismissed, again

2014-11-22 16:47

The South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg has denied two Constitutional Court judges leave to appeal a previous ruling on the lawfulness of a JSC probe into Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe, a report says.

Magistrates' demand would take law change - dept

2014-10-29 20:55

Some of magistrates' demands in their six-year tussle for better employment conditions will require law changes, the justice department has told MPs.

R48m assets order against Mulaudzi reversed

2014-10-13 19:39

The Western Cape has reserved a provisional order to seize R48m worth of assets from Luvhombo Group executive chair Matthews Tuwani Mulaudzi.

Free State judge president candidates to be named

2014-10-07 14:07

The candidates for the Free State judge president position are expected to be announced.

Hlophe wants tribunal to proceed

2014-10-03 08:45

Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe is keen to proceed with the Judicial Service Commission tribunal hearing into a complaint of misconduct against him, according to a report.

SCA slams prosecution's 12 year delay

2014-09-26 22:30

The Supreme Court of Appeal has decried prosecutors who delayed an appeal hearing in a rape case for 12 years.

Official languages case dismissed

2014-09-17 16:55

A legal bid to have legislation published in all official languages has been dismissed by the Equality Court in Cape Town.

Insults, threats against Masipa undermine judiciary - BLA

2014-09-17 14:14
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The Black Lawyers Association has joined the Law Society of SA in condemning vitriolic comments against Judge Thokozile Masipa, saying it is worried these criticisms are directed at her gender and race.

Legal experts shocked, surprised by Masipa's judgment

2014-09-11 14:25
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Lawyers and legal academics expressed surprise at the dismissal of premeditated murder charges against Oscar Pistorius, with critics saying Judge Thokozile Masipa has been too lenient.

Raped student suing police, NPA

2014-09-02 11:39

A Tuks student who was raped and left for dead by a notorious criminal who had been wanted for 10 years is suing the police and the National Prosecuting Authority for failing to protect the public against a dangerous criminal.

Pistorius witness felt 'attacked' on stand

2014-08-25 10:36

Annette Stipp, one of the prosecution's witnesses in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial, has reportedly said that being questioned on the stand felt like a personal attack.

Top advocates not on lawyers' roll - report

2014-08-13 09:35

Many prominent advocates do not appear on the justice department's lawyers' roll, as the department battles to get it up to date, according to a report.

Quarter of judges did not declare interests

2014-08-03 22:05

Nearly a quarter of South Africa's judges did not declare their interests as required by a new law, the Sunday Times reports.

Shock over Malema's JSC appointment

2014-06-25 09:33
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Opposition parties have reacted with shock after EFF leader Julius Malema was included as a member of the Judicial Services Commission, which is responsible for appointing the country's judges.

LSSA: Finalise Nxasana matter

2014-06-05 10:00

The controversy around NPA boss Mxolisi Nxasana should be dealt with urgently to restore stability to his office, the Law Society of SA says.

CDP backs Mogoeng on religion, law

2014-05-30 14:29

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng is correct on religious elements in law, the Christian Democratic Party says.

NPA to appeal ruling on KwaZulu-Natal Hawks boss

2014-03-23 21:36

The NPA is set to appeal a recent decision by the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Durban to set aside all charges against suspended KwaZulu-Natal Hawks head Major General Johan Booysen.

Pistorius trial ruling 'a victory for open justice'

2014-02-25 14:05

Media organisations have broadly welcomed a court ruling that large parts of the Oscar Pistorius murder trial may be broadcast live, describing it as a "victory for freedom of speech".

Media apply to broadcast Oscar trial

2014-02-18 19:43

Media houses will apply to the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria to broadcast the murder trial of Paralympian Oscar Pistorius.

No formal Noko complaint - NPA

2014-02-10 19:22

The National Prosecuting Authority has brushed off allegations that top KwaZulu-Natal prosecutor Moipone Noko dumped files in a multi-million rand tax fraud trial.

Rapist fights to stay off sex offenders list

2013-12-22 14:00

A Western Cape rapist, who was 14-years-old at the time of raping three boys, is taking his case to the Constitution Court in a bid to stay off the national register for sexual offenders.

Zuma appoints mostly female judges

2013-12-01 16:14

President Jacob Zuma has appointed six new female judges to the High Court on the advice of the Judicial Service Commission.

ConCourt to rule on proof of intent

2013-11-27 21:41

Judgment on whether an accomplice could be convicted for a robbery with aggravating circumstances without proof of intent is set to be given by the Constitutional Court.

Parliament OKs legal practice bill

2013-11-12 20:47

The legal practice bill, which has far-reaching implications for the legal profession, has been approved by the National Assembly.

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