Cape bar takes commission to court over vacant positions

2011-05-16 07:21

The Cape Bar Council has decided to take the Judicial Service Commission to court for making only one appointment to the Western Cape High Court, leaving two positions vacant, Business Day newspaper reported today.

Last month, the commission recommended only person for appointment, former magistrate Robert Henney, despite there being three vacancies and seven available candidates.

Senior counsels from the Cape Bar were overlooked.

Cape Bar Council chairperson Alasdair Sholto-Douglas SC, said the council would not only challenge the procedure followed by the commission but also the merits of its decision.

He said the failure to make more appointments was irrational.

Sholto-Douglas said the council would ask the court to order the commission to reconvene and reconsider all the candidates who did not make it.

Commission spokesperson Dumisa Ntsebeza SC told Business Day that they would only comment on the case “once we’ve received the [court] papers”.

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